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Elderly woman’s foot gets stuck in manhole cover in Portland

Published:Saturday | May 3, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer

An elderly woman was rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon after she suffered cuts and bruises to her right leg and upper body from getting her foot stuck in a manhole cover in the vicinity of West Street in Port Antonio, Portland.

According to several eyewitnesses, the woman was walking along West Street towards a farm store, when her right leg slipped through the grille cover.

The woman reportedly hit her head on the concrete pavement.

A fire team managed to free the woman’s leg and place her into a nearby taxi to be taken to hospital.

An alleged eyewitness blamed roadwork in the town saying there was nowhere for pedestrians to walk.

West Street has been dug-up to replace and install water and sewerage pipes as part of a $1.8 billion water, drainage, and sewerage project.

The eyewitness is urging the contractor to put in place measures to ensure the safety of pedestrians.


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