Woman Falls Down Manhole in Baltimore

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My longstanding fear of having a subway grate collapse while I’m walking on it is second only to my fear of falling into a manhole. Which is exactly what happened to a woman in Baltimore early Sunday morning.

According to the Sun, the woman was seriously injured after she fell 10 feet down a manhole at Pearle and West Lexington streets. When the firefighters came to get her out, one of them was injured in the rescue attempt. The woman, whose name was not released, is being treated at a local hospital and is in serious condition.

Thankfully, such incidents are actually quite rare — though a Houston man died earlier this year after falling into a 50-foot manhole, and two Baltimore construction workers died in a manhole ten years ago (but not because they fell into it). The moral of the story? Look where you’re walking.

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