Man swept away in creek located after several hours


BURRELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Authorities said a 47-year-old New Kensington man who fell into Crooked Creek Sunday night in Armstrong County has been located and is safe.

Officials told Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE that Mark Starr disappeared about 6:45 p.m. in the creek in Burrell Township near the South Bend border.

Craig Davis, first assistant chief at Burrell Township Volunteer Fire Department, said Starr was not wearing a life vest when he fell from the river bank.

"The water is very high there and very swift," Davis said. "These things unfortunately happen too often."

Fire crews from three departments searched a two-mile stretch of the river until about 10 p.m.

Around 12:15 a.m., Starr was located in a barn and transported to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.