- 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.

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

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