UVA Professor Falls Down Shaft

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

July 28, 2005

Crews with the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad, and City Fire Department responded to a tactical rescue at Campbell Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia. When they arrived they found a man inside a shaft.

It happened just before 3 p.m. in the afternoon inside Campbell Hall at the University of Virginia. Inside the hall, which serves as part of UVA's architectural school, was a professor and group of people involved in a tour of the facility. At some point during the tour, the professor went into a 200 foot tunnel, believed to be a utilities maintenance area when he fell.

"Charlottesville/Albemarle Rescue Squad and the City of Charlottesville fire crews arrived to find an alleged gentleman who had fallen approximately six feet back in a utility shaft," explained Steve Hartman, Assistant Chief of C.A.R.S.

Responders from the Charlottesville Fire Department, and Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad used six pieces of equipment to rescue the professor, who's injuries are consistent with a fall such as this.

The professor was taken to the hospital at the University of Virginia.

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