- Associated Press - Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW MELLE, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man is hospitalized with critical injuries after being trapped upside down for about 26 hours in a 20-inch-wide pipe.

Authorities say 47-year-old Leon Lyke was rescued about 2 p.m. Thursday after owners of a home under construction in New Melle heard him yelling. Firefighters pulled Lyke out of the pipe.

New Melle Fire Protection District Chief Rick Massey told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2j8ZRtl ) that Massey, who is about 6 feet tall, was in the pipe to install an aerator as part of putting in a septic tank. Massey says Lyke got too far in and couldn’t get himself out. He was working alone on the home being built in a semi-rural area of St. Charles County. He had left his cellphone in his truck.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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