Woman Stuck in Hole on Irving Avenue for 2 Hours

Bronx resident suffers leg injury when she steps into hole as she's walking to her car.

A 39-year-old Bronx woman visiting friends in Port Chester became trapped for two hours on Sunday morning when she stepped into a hole on Irving Avenue, according to Port Chester Police.

Emergency crews had to dig up a four-inch water pipe to free the woman, who was taken to Westchester County Medical Center for treatment of a leg injury when she was freed.

Police said the woman had been visiting friends when she walked to her car at Irving Avenue at Elmont Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. when she stepped into a hole in the street and got her leg caught in a water pipe. At first, police said they received a report of a person struck by a car, but when village officers arrived they found the woman sitting in the street with her leg caught in the hole up to her knee.

The woman was not struck by a car, police said.

Police said extrication tools had to be used to cut away asphalt and pieces of pipe to get the woman out of the hole.

In addition to police, the woman was assisted by Port Chester firefighters and Harrison EMS members. When she was freed from the hole, police said Port Chester DPW and United Water Co. crews were called to make repairs to the street.

Valerie October 22, 2012 at 03:43 PM
How could something like this happen ... how big was this 'hole' ?? I'm assuming all homeownwers will be getting another tax hike to pay for yet another law suit !!
John B October 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Is the woman ok?
Edward Andrews October 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
And they did a lousy job fixing the hole.
eatingdogfood October 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
The lawsuit would be justified in this case.
William Demarest (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Emergency workers used about a half bottle of olive oil as lubricant to help get the woman's leg and foot free from the hole.
John Touri October 23, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Who was the last utility working @ the location??? That proves that is was not secured properly!!! Lets have some Answers before this happens again... Not a good thing !!!
Kay-Tee of PC October 23, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Sorry, but I have no sympathy for someone who steps into a hole in the road at 9:30 in the morning. It wasn't dark out so that you couldn't see the road. Why didn't she walk around the hole? Don't people look where they are going? Of course, that's not to say that it's a good idea to have a hole in the road. Someone could have fallen into it at night when it wasn't clearly visible. Another few questions should also be answered. 1) How long was the hole there? 2) Was is reported to the DPW before the incident and not repaired quickly? 3) If it was reported, why wasn't it blocked with sawhorses till repairs could be made? If the DPW was aware of it and did nothing, then they are just as much to blame. Ultimately, Port Chester will pay the price.
William Demarest (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Residents of Irving Avenue say they indeed did report the problem ... and didn't see any action. Check out the discussion about the problem on this Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/citzensforabetterportchester/?fref=ts
Valerie October 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I was so curious ... I took a drive-by last night, expecting not too even notice the spot ... as I said to myself "The village probably fixed real quick". No ... not the case ... there's a "sawhorse" guarding the mound of gravel/balcktop filled hole. By the way ... now creating an accident waiting to happen for drivers on the already 'tight' road. Do I have the right spot ??
Bart Didden October 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
@ everyone, Do not be so fast to conclude that Port Chester has any liability for this incident. Street openings are regulated by Village Code and applies to all utilities. The utility is solely responsible to return the opening to a state that meets the Villages standards for roadway construction. Furthermore, if this opening was done without a permit, all the worst for the utility. Now to put this in one context, think about all the times you see all the utilities working in the streets. For the most part these patches hold up just fine and if you want to see a street that is almost nothing but a patch take a drive south regent st. It is unfortunate that this young lady was hurt and I hope she has a speedy recovery. I am sure that our emergency services were professional, courteous and overly cautious in getting her free as quickly as possible.
Mike October 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I hope you fall in a hole you dummy. That could of been an elderly person or worse a child. daylight or not how is someone supposed to know a hole is there when it is behind them. You can easily say that since you know the hole is there not to step into it but please you must be stupid to think something can't happen in daylight. Accidents happen all the time in daylight or nighttime so wake up before you make such an idiotic post !
Mike October 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Spoken like a true politician lol !
Silvio V. Buccieri October 23, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The trouble here in Port Chester, no body see's anything!! and they drive by all day long, if I see it, why can;t they see it ??and for kay-tee of PC, you must be a perfect person. and hope she is doing well. WAKE UP PORT CHESTER'''''''
Robski48 October 23, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Bart, I took Mr. Demarest's advice on looking at the faebook page. On it you state follow up is needed. Why can' we get any follow up on code enforcement on what they are doing about the reports of illegal housing. Their website has a complaint and court case tracking dating back to June. Prior to that I beleive it was from October of 2011, as the last update. And the updates from June date back to 2010 and aren't updated to June of this year!! Oh I forgot, they are spending their time screwing the single family, 40 year old homeowners, not dealing with overcrowding and illegal housing, so there isn't anything to update. What a joke!!
Valerie October 23, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Mr. Didden ... Should a rep from the village be checking that "The utility is solely responsible to return the opening to a state that meets the Villages standards for roadway construction" ?? I'm sure the village is aware when crews are digging up Port Chester roads ... at least I hope that someone is told of jobs that are taking place in our village.
Aidan October 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Could be the village motto: "Nobody sees anything ... And no one does anything about it!"
Tony October 23, 2012 at 07:55 PM
How Great !! Stuck in a Hole for 2 Hours on Irving Ave, a Heavy Populated Street, I guess No One Sees Anything Huh.....Should be Called " Port Chester Trash Patch "
eatingdogfood October 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Mrs. G October 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I agree with Mr. Didden. Stop being so quick to BLAME everything on PC workers. We have a wonderful DPW crew whom I, myself have complained to a few times about a couple of different issues and they took care of every single problem in a timely fashion. Anybody can say "I called numerous times and received no response" but I guarantee you if they were asked to prove every time they called and got no response they wouldn't be able to. This town is getting cleaned up, slowly but surely so everybody just relax. The woman fell in hole in broad day light. Can we question that?
Bart Didden October 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Good afternoon, My first comment was from a risk management perspective as the comments were how the Village would have to pay. Until the facts are established to indicate something else, the utility would appear to be the first party responsible for the failure of a street opening. As residents, I would think that protecting the Village and its property owners would have a certain appeal. Next point is that if the utility did not obtain a permit to open the street, there would be nothing to trigger an inspection by a representative of the DPW to be sure that the closure was done to acceptable standards. Finally, this hole seems to be there for a while. The DPW has been under new leadership for 26 months and its operations have improved many times over. If complaints were made and recorded within the last 26 months we can assign blame for a failure of the system and make corrections. Going forward you all should know that I get e-mails from constituents all the time and I forward those requests for service to the right department head, from whom I get a follow up e-mail. Any resident should feel free to e-mail me at my address on the Village website or at bdidden at aol dot com. @Mike, I laughed at your post too. @Robski48, code enforcement and DPW, two different departments and no overlap. Watch for a new blog post I am working on about, how you wrote about Code - "screwing the single family" (I assume) homeowner.


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