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October 5, 2015

Man stranded for 2 days after wheelchair stalls in tunnel

Associated Press

MARKLETON, Pa. — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man has been rescued after spending two days inside an old railroad tunnel when his motorized wheelchair broke down.

WJAC-TV reports that the Somerset County man was inside the Pinkerton Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage when his wheelchair stalled.

It's not clear who first located the man. But officials say it took an all-terrain vehicle to free him Sunday because an ambulance couldn't fit inside the tunnel.

The man was taken to Somerset hospital with chills and dehydration but is expected to recover.

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The Great Allegheny Passage begins in Pittsburgh and meets a towpath in western Maryland, allowing people to walk or bike from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.