Man falls through grate in Lower Manh.

August 15, 2009 7:20:39 PM PDT
The sidewalk became a dangerous place to be for a man in Lower Manhattan on Saturday. He fell 30 feet through a grate in the sidewalk. Witnesses say the man left an Off Track Betting building to go smoke a cigarette when all of a sudden they heard screaming and saw a cloud of dust.

Freddie Choo was grabbing a smoke before his next food delivery when he says the man fell through the grate, busted through the floor below, and then landed about 30 feet down.

"I was standing right here. He fell straight away," witness Freddie Choo said.

Then Freddie said the man shouted for help.

That's when Choo called 9-1-1 around 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon outside 20 Murray Street in Lower Manhattan.

Witnesses say fire trucks, paramedics and police showed up within minutes.

Emergency crews used a ladder to rescue the victim then hoisted him out of the deep and dark hole.

"He's probably going to end up suing," witness Jonathan Stevens said.

The grate was an old elevator shaft for a nearby clothing store.

Despite the fall, the victim only suffered cuts and bruises. He was treated at St. Vincent's Hospital and released.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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