Woman Rescued In Manhattan After Falling Into Pit On Sidewalk

Erica Brosnan
October 18, 2019 - 5:44 pm
Manhattan Sidewalk Pit

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A woman had to be rescued Friday afternoon after she plunged about five feet into a pit on the sidewalk near Madison Square Garden.

Nearby witnesses said the woman was walking on the sidewalk and fell into the pit when she stepped on a piece of plywood that had been covering the hole around 3 p.m.

One Twitter user, a senior staff editor for the New York Times, said he was walking behind the woman and saw her fall into the pit at 35th Street and Eighth Avenue. He notes she might have hit her head but remained conscious.

He was the one who alerted emergency personnel to the situation, who arrived quickly and assisted the woman back onto the sidewalk.

The veteran journalist, Christopher Mele, says she was then taken away in an ambulance.

Mele wrote on Twitter that the identified woman “was like two paces ahead of me and (the plywood) flipped and she dropped like a bag of sand. Like it was trapdoor.”

The area was blocked off by caution tape shortly after the incident and the pit was once again covered by plywood.