09/01/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Stone Mountain, GA—A DeKalb Count man was transported to an area hospital after the cover of a manhole gave way, causing him to fall in it. The injured victim was reportedly walking a dog along North Hariston Road when he fell into the manhole, according to an August 31, 2010 CBS Atlanta report.
The victim, identified as Charles Landers, was on his way home from the store when the unthinkable occurred.
“I had my cousin’s little poodle and I’m just walking—looking at the dog walk, and the grass—just walking and all of a sudden, I thought somebody might have slapped me or hit me. Next thing I know, I’m hanging out of the hole,” said Landers.
Landers added, “The manhole cover just gave way when I walked past on the sidewalk. It just gave out—next thing I know I was stuck in the hole. Then I looked at my arm, my arm was split leaking and my fingers.”
Dalania Ousley was working when she witnessed Landers fall into the manhole. She quickly ran over to him to see if she could help. “The sewer thing was loose and he stepped on it and fell straight through,” Ousley alleged.
“Oh my gosh! Half of his body was hanging out. He was full of blood, so we called 911 and they came out,” the eyewitness explained.
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel subsequently rushed Landers to an area hospital for treatment. Landers contended doctors were forced to use eight stitches and seven staples to close his wound.
“Nothing is broken. It’s just a deep, deep laceration,” said an injured Landers.
Reports did not specify what might have caused the manhole cover to give way. Investigations are expected to be underway.
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