A one-vehicle crash at Loop Road and Charger Highway critically injured an area firefighter on Saturday.
Geeseytown firefighter Corbin Molinets, 19, was stabilized at Altoona Regional, then flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh where he has been supported by a ventilator to prepare him for surgeries, Assistant Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company Chief Allen Rhine said on Sunday.
As of Sunday night, UPMC hospital administrators said Molinets is in critical condition.
Geeseytown firefighter Corbin Molinets, 19, was flown to UPMC?Presbyterian Hospital after this accident Saturday evening in Hollidaysburg.
Molinets' vehicle broke through a road barrier and slid down the side of an embankment.
Phoenix company firefighters in Hollidaysburg were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. Saturday and within 19 minutes had stabilized the car containing Molinets on the side of the embankment where it crashed, cut off its roof and passenger door and rolled up the dashboard to release Molinets' legs, which were bent underneath it.
Rhine said Hollidaysburg Borough police are investigating the crash, but he believes Molinets lost control of his vehicle because he swerved to not hit an animal.
Geeseytown Community Fire Company Chief Dennis Walls said when Molinets returns to Blair County from Pittsburgh, he will have to complete a period of rehabilitation prior to returning to his home.
Hollidaysburg Borough Police Chief Jeff Ketner said information will be released today about the crash.
Mirror Staff Writer Russ O'Reilly is at 946-7435.