Woman Killed in Accident on Ohio River
20 May 2012
By the Tribune-Review
A woman was killed and a man injured after they went over the
Dashields Dam on the Ohio River in Edgeworth on Sunday afternoon,
Allegheny County emergency dispatchers said boaters on the Ohio
reported that a personal watercraft had gone over the dam and the
two riders were in the water about 3:20 p.m.
The boaters pulled the victims from the water and took them ashore
at the Leetsdale boat ramp. Although the rescuers performed CPR on
their way to the shore, the woman died by the time the boaters
were met by Leetsdale police or shortly afterward, said Dashields
lockmaster Russ Moore.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the
woman as Melissa Mason, 24, of Aliquippa. An autopsy is scheduled
The man's condition was not available Sunday night.
Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Jeff Hawk said the dam is a
fixed-crest dam similar to several on the Allegheny River, and it
lacks the movable gates at its top of other Ohio River dams.
Markers on the river warn boaters about getting too close to the
edge, he said. The top of the dam is about 10 feet above the
Moore said commercial traffic through the adjacent locks was
temporarily halted after the accident but had resumed by evening.
Allegheny County Police and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission are investigating the accident, Hawk said.