Crash victim airlifted from scene: Local man credited with rescue

A local man is credited with rescuing an injured motorist from a burning SUV in Fannett Township Thursday.

Wesley Warner got 84-year-old Benjamin Keck out of the overturned 2019 GMC Acadia just before emergency responders from Fannett-Metal Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. arrived, according to a witness and a department spokesman said.

Keck, of Shippensburg, was driving east on Forge Hill Road at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Pennsylvania State Police news release. He made a right-hand turn onto Cold Spring Road at the point where Forge Hill becomes Timmons Road.

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He lost control of the SUV and drove off the left side of the road; hitting three trees before the vehicle hit an embankment and rolled over. The SUV came to rest on its roof about 75 feet from the first point of impact.

The vehicle caught on fire, with Keck still buckled inside. A witness said Warner rushed to the SUV, risking injury himself as he freed Keck from the burning vehicle.

A PSP trooper said Keck suffered suspected serious injury as a result of the crash and rollover; but he was not burned, thanks to his rescuer’s quick action.

A Fannett-Metal spokesperson confirmed that Keck had been freed from the burning vehicle prior to the arrival of first responders.

Keck was air-lifted to Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill.

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