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Watch: DCFEMS rescues woman who fell 10 feet down air well

The woman fell when the sidewalk grate beneath her collapsed


DC Fire and EMS

By Kerri Hatt

WASHINGTON — D.C. Fire and EMS were called to a below-grade rescue after a sidewalk grate collapsed beneath a woman who fell 10 feet into an air well in southwest D.C.

Firefighters were able to successfully rescue the woman after about 30 minutes using a pulley system and a Stokes rescue basket, WUSA9 reported.

She suffered serious injuries but is expected to be OK.