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Mother and child fall into manhole


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Mother and child fall into manhole

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A ST MICHAEL woman and her infant child were injured yesterday afternoon after falling into a manhole in Swan Street, The City.
When a SATURDAY SUN team arrived, 32-year-old Keisha Layne of Deighton Road, St Michael, and 10-week-old baby daughter Rikeisha had already been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. However, eyewitnesses recounted what they saw.
“We were here when it happened, the lady was walking when she stepped on a piece of plywood over a manhole and fell in.
“I don’t know if because of the rain the wood was rotten but one foot went in, she hit her chin, and dropped the baby on the ground,” said Pelar Ramsay, a supervisor at Genesis Touch.
She and sales clerk Lea Leon said Layne had visible injuries to her right leg and face and the baby also “looked hurt” as she had a red mark on her face and side.
Ramsay said the hole had been covered with the plywood for a couple of months and it was not the first time someone had been injured as her uncle also fell in at one time.
She said after they called the ambulance to take Layne to the hospital personnel from the Drainage Division came, took pictures, nailed a cone over the hole and cordoned off the area.

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