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Penn Hills police seek identity of pants-less man who fell down embankment

Samson X Horne
| Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, 5:15 p.m.

Penn Hills police are trying to identify a man who had to be hauled from the bottom of a 20-foot embankment on Friday morning.

Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of Universal Road shortly after 1 a.m. when they received a call from a group of people who were traveling near the defunct Atlas Cement Plant. When police arrived at the scene they saw a man down the embankment wearing only a T-shirt and socks.

“At this point, we have no idea who he is, or why he was there,” said Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton.

Responders from the nearby Universal Fire Department used roping equipment and a basket to retrieve the man.

“He was on the verge of hypothermia when they got him,” Burton said.

Plum EMS transferred the man to a local hospital. It is not known if any other injuries were sustained.

The incident is still under investigation as Penn Hills detectives will attempt to speak with man this evening, Burton said.

Samson X Horne is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 412-320-7845 or

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