College student tumbles 200 feet, seriously injured in Bucks County

Aerial view of the Bucks County Community College campus in Newtown Township, Bucks County. The Neshaminy Creek runs behind the school, at left. (Google Maps)

A 22-year-old Bucks County Community College student plummeted down a rocky embankment behind the campus in Newtown earlier this afternoon and suffered serious injuries, according to an emergency responder.

The unidentified student was hanging out with other students at a popular spot behind the campus buildings along Swamp Road, Newtown Ambulance squad member Angela Marriott said. The hangout is marked by large boulders overlooking a steep 200 foot hill that ends at Neshaminy Creek below, she said.

The young man was making his way down a narrow path toward the creek when he lost his footing, grabbed for a small overhanging tree, then fell, Marriott said. He tumbled down the entire hill, she said.

"Missing a step, he grabbed a tree, but it bent and he fell," said Marriott, who along with EMT Colleen Blount treated the student at the scene shortly after 2 p.m. "It's pretty much rock and dirt the whole way down."

The injured man remained conscious as Marriott and Blount treated him, then escorted him across the creek in a raft. On the other side, a medical helicopter flew him to Einstein Medical Center in Philaldelphia, Marriot said.

He suffered "multiple injuries" to his face and body, she said, but did not know his condition a couple hours later.

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