Ind. firefighters rescue woman after her leg gets stuck in storm drain

Firefighters covered the woman with a blanket and used a hydraulic cutter to remove bars of the grate covering the drain


Herald-Times

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bloomington firefighters had to cut the bars on a storm drain grate early Sunday morning to free a woman whose leg had become stuck.

Members of the Bloomington Fire Department were dispatched to the corner of 19th and Washington streets just after 2 a.m., according to Sgt. Brandon Hudson. They arrived to find a woman of approximately college age with her knee stuck in a storm drain, he said.

Firefighters covered the woman with a blanket and used a hydraulic cutter to remove bars of the grate covering the drain. The woman had a small abrasion on her right leg once she was free, but she was conscious and alert, Hudson said.

Bloomington police and Indiana University Health medical personnel responded to the call as well. Firefighters spent about 20 minutes at the scene.

They placed a barrel over the hole where the storm grate had been and contacted the city’s public works department to alert them about the cut storm grate, according to Hudson.

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