Tuesday, January 14, 2014
An investigation is under way after a child apparently fell into a manhole in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.
It happened around 9 a.m. on the corner of 49th Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park.
Police say they received a 911 call about the hazard and had officers place safety cones around it. However, the young boy fell into it before the cover was replaced.
A pair of Verizon cable workers who were working nearby used a ladder to help pull the boy out.
"When we looked down the boy looked a little scared. He was holding onto the wall like he was like frantic he was holding himself up. Other than that he wasn't that bad. Once we put those ladders down he came right up. So we told him to go slow. The ladder doesn't come up all the way above the ground we actually had to grab him. Me and my partner had to grab him and pull him out," said Mike Kroski, a Verizon worker.
"I was just glad we were in the right place at the right time. We work in the community we fix phones and like I said just happened to be in the right place at the right time. So we're just glad that the boy's okay," said Tom Prestia, a Verizon worker.
The boy was taken to Lutheran Hospital with bruises on his leg.
The Department of Environmental Protection has since put a new cover over the manhole.
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