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Queens cemetery worker hurt in tumble into grave

Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-06 11:26:41-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City cemetery worker is recovering in a hospital after he fell backwards into a freshly dug grave and had to be hoisted out by firefighters.

The accident happened Friday morning at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens.

Fire Department officials tell The New York Times that the worker was semiconscious at the bottom of the eight-foot hole when paramedics arrived.

Firefighters strapped the worker to a specially designed basket and pulled him out using a pulley anchored to a backhoe.

The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition.

Officials did not release the worker’s name. A hospital administrator had no information on his condition Saturday.

A woman who answered the phone at the cemetery said she could not comment.