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Reports: Man Gravely Injured After Falling From Roof Of Newark Elementary School


Newark – Just before 3:00 Tuesday afternoon rescue crews from Aetna, Hose, Hook, and Ladder, New Castle County Paramedics, and Trooper 4 were dispatched to John R. Downes Elementry for a long fall.

Just as children were being dismissed for the day, rescue crews began to arrive on scene, according to several witnesses.

Scanner traffic at the time indicated that a male in his fifties fell from the roof of the school, approximately 20 feet.

Concerned parents told First State Update that the helicopter landed in the back of the school on the soccer field.

Radio reports from the scene indicate that the man, believed to be an employee at the school or a contractor, suffered grave injuries as a result of the fall.

He was transported by air to the Trauma Center at Christiana Hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

Newark Police officers that responded to the scene requested that evidence technicians respond to the scene.

Officials with the Christiana School District have yet to release details surrounding the incident.



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