- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Rescue crews tunneled through two walls at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to save a worker who fell into a large ventilation shaft.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says (https://icp-c.com/1kdKOe1 ) the man was performing work on the hospital roof when fell down the 25-foot deep shaft about 7:50 a.m. Friday.

Iowa City Fire Department Batallion Chief Brian Platz says the shaft was about two stories deep.

Nearby ambulance workers were able to lower a ladder down and start treatment before rescue crews cut through walls to reach him about 30 minutes later.

Platz says the man was conscious and alert during the ordeal.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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