Keith R. Stevenson/Pocono Record March 01, 2011
A 23-year-old man attempted suicide by mixing household chemicals in his car at Tobyhanna State Park on Tuesday afternoon. The man was taken by ambulance to Pocono Medical Center. He was reported to be conscious and talking to rescue workers. Crews on scene did not identify the man and could not say what chemicals were involved. The man’s vehicle was first discovered at 7:30 a.m. parked near Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers. The vehicle did not appear suspicious and rangers left the scene. Later in the morning, rangers received a report to look for a vehicle matching the description of the one seen earlier. At about 12:45 p.m. rangers arrived back at the scene where the vehicle was parked and saw a man inside attempting suicide with the chemicals. Police and about 75 firefighters from Coolbaugh Township and Pocono Summit fire companies and the Tobyhanna Army Depot, along with Barrett and Pocono Mountain Regional ambulances, responded. Part of Route 423 was shut for several hours. Firefighters, wearing masks, approached the car and saw the still-conscious man with the chemical containers inside. Firefighters removed him from the car, after which he was decontaminated. He tried to flee on foot and was quickly apprehended by firefighters, police said. He was then taken by ambulance with a police escort to Pocono Medical Center.