Murfreesboro Paramedics, Police and Fire Crews Free Woman from Storm Drain - Victim Now Recovering

A 64-year old woman injured her leg when she fell into a storm drain. The misstep occurred this past Friday afternoon (3:15 p.m. on 1/11/13) in Murfreesboro as Candice Burns stepped into the street to cross North Rutherford Boulevard with her daughter when she accidently stepped into a damaged storm drain. Part of the grate over the drain was missing, leaving a gap in the drain of about 4-inches. It was that gap that Burns fell into.

Police officers comforted Burns as best they could as Paramedics and a Murfreesboro Fire Department crew worked to free Burns. It was said to be a 45-minute effort to pull the woman’s leg that was stuck between the grates out of the drain. Fire department personnel had to cut one of the grates from the drain to free her leg.

At the conclusion of the ordeal an incident report filed by Officer Shondale Clark stated, “Upon further investigation we discovered that a grate was missing that left about a 3 to 4 inch gap.” Mrs. Burns was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center to receive treatment for her injuries. As of Monday afternoon, Burns was home from the hospital and is recovering at this time. 

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