Men injured in fall while rebuilding barn destroyed by storms

By on March 8, 2017

ER20170308_POLWest Cocalico

Four men were injured when they fell while building a barn Monday afternoon in West Cocalico Township, a fire official said.

Fire and medical personnel were dispatched at 1:38 p.m. to 2155 W. Route 897, just north of Sportsman Road.

The men were helping to build a barn that was destroyed by severe weather that struck the area Feb. 25, according to Schoeneck fire Chief Jeff Hackman.

He said the men were setting roof trusses when one of the trusses apparently broke, sending all four men to the ground. Hackman estimated they fell 18 to 20 feet.

All four were taken to an area hospital. Two were transported to be checked for injuries, one victim was reported to have stomach and wrist injuries and the fourth victim has various unknown injuries, according to Ephrata police.

Their conditions were not available, but none of the injuries were reportedly life-threatening. Officials did not release the names of the injured men.

The 2100 and 2200 blocks of West Route 897 were hit hard when severe weather moved through Lancaster County last Saturday, leaving several buildings in the area destroyed or heavily damaged.

Jennifer Todd is a staff writer at LNP.

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