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Man critical after falling into ditch

| Sunday, May 6, 2012, 6:04 p.m.

A Ligonier Township man was in critical condition in a Johnstown hospital Wednesday night after he fell into a ditch on his family farm.

A spokesman for Wilpen Volunteer Fire Department said Joseph Smith, of 317 Wineland Road, was working on a hydraulic line on his tractor when the line ruptured, causing him to fall into the ditch at 7:36 p.m.

Westmoreland 911 dispatched rescue units to a ftractor rollover accident, but the fire department spokesman said the machinery did not roll over Smith.

Firefighters worked for a time to rescue the man, who was conscious when he was placed into an ambulance and transported to a helicopter landing zone, the spokesman said.

Smith was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor said he was in critical condition.

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