MOTT HAVEN, The Bronx – A young girl fell down an open manhole cover that had been hidden by the snow from the weekend's mammoth blizzard.
It happened near the St. Mary's Houses in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Kalima Crawford didn't see the hole until it was too late, crashing through the fresh snow and falling roughly eight feet down, according to her mother, Sharon Burrell.
A good Samaritan walking nearby helped pull the girl out of the thigh-high ice water, Burrell told PIX11.
She was taken to the hospital with a laceration to her forehead.
People have since used a trash can and a chair to keep others from falling into the manhole.
Crawford and Burrell met with attorney Sanford Rubenstein Monday afternoon, but it's not yet clear if a lawsuit will be filed.
A New York City Housing Authority spokesman issued the following statement:
"The safety of our residents is of paramount importance. We are looking into the incident. The manhole has been covered with plywood as an immediate safety measure, and we’ve contacted a contractor to place a fence around the location as soon as tomorrow.”