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.

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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