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Canada Pedestrian falls into manhole after downtown Edmonton explosion

20:52  10 january  2018
20:52  10 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Emergency crews rescued an injured woman from a downtown Edmonton manhole Wednesday after the force from an underground explosion blew several manhole covers into the air.

Edmonton fire rescue services said a woman fell down a maintenance hole after the explosion forced several covers to pop off. “We have reports that there’s an injured civilian on scene who actually fell down into one of the manholes

a group of people walking down a street: A person fell down a manhole in downtown Edmonton Wednesday morning after an underground explosion shook parts of the city's centre.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation A person fell down a manhole in downtown Edmonton Wednesday morning after an underground explosion shook parts of the city's centre.

Emergency crews rescued an injured woman from a downtown Edmonton manhole Wednesday after the force from an underground explosion blew several manhole covers into the air.

The explosion was in an underground EPCOR electrical vault, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near the Park Plaza building at 97th Avenue and 106th Street at about 7:30 a.m., fire rescue spokesperson Maya Filipovic told CBC News.

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A woman was taken to hospital early Wednesday after she fell down a manhole that had blown open in an electrical explosion in downtown Edmonton .

Fire crews arrived five minutes later. Five crews remained on scene Wednesday morning.

"We do have reports of an injured civilian who fell down a manhole because several manhole covers actually blew off as a result of the explosion," Filipovic said.

Fire officials said the woman was rescued about 30 minutes after she fell into the manhole. Paramedics were seen carrying the woman on a stretcher to an ambulance.

A special operations chief with fire rescue said the woman appeared to have a broken ankle from the 12-foot drop.

The explosion knocked out power in the area of the Park Plaza apartment building. Lights in other nearby buildings flickered.

A damaged manhole cover could be seen near the blast site.

EPCOR crews were sent to the scene to assess the damage and begin repairs, Filipovic said.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Crews rescued a civilian who fell into a downtown manhole Wednesday morning.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Crews rescued a civilian who fell into a downtown manhole Wednesday morning.

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