Climber Falls 90 Feet to his Death

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Updated – According to Wireless Estimator Life Flight was called in but then canceled and they took Matt to the hospital another way. It is still not clear if he died on the scene or at the hospital. The link is below. I have been hearing back from the family about this and it is very sad. They are in shock. All we can do now is say a prayer for the family.


A climber working in the state game lands near Rote, Pa, near Danville and Loch Haven, fell 90 feet to his death. This is very sad news and one that didn’t get much attention. The accident happened September 25th. There was a crew of 5 working on the tower. Lamar Police Chief, Martin Salinas spoke to the Express, a local paper in Loch Haven and gave the report.

Matthew Vance fell off the tower while working on it. Life Flight was brought in to fly the man to Loch Haven Hospital in an effort to save him, this was at 11AM local time. At this time it is unknown if Vance dies on the helicopter or at the hospital.

Good Will Hose Company was the rescue team that showed up for assistance. The Express is working to find out more, their link is below.

Updated: Matt was married this year and leaves behind a wife and 2 boys. Matt is from Altoona, Pa. 

I am trying to learn more about Vance and what happened. Any information is appreciated.–dies.html?nav=5200

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  1. I’m a local tower worker. Our company bid on this job. We didn’t get it obviously. We’ve done new builds and tower mods all over the Lock Haven neighborhood. This hits very close to home. I hope with all of me this accident was a safety equipment failure and NOT due to him free climbing, and he had nothing “illegal” in his blood. I feel for his loved ones left behind. Our chosen profession is very dangerous but very rewarding at the same time. Ya’ll like your wireless internet, using your cell phone, and listening to the radio right? Thank people like this fallen climber, father, husband, son…


    • Marshall,
      Thank you for the feedback. I hope that we get some answers soon. When something like this happens you never know what is going to turn up. I feel so bad for his family, what a shame. From what I heard he was a great guy.


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