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Man rescued after 30 minutes in Newberry Twp. sewer pit

Emergency responders rescue a man who fell down a sewer pit in Newberry Township Wednesday, Nov. 6. Photo courtesy of Newberry Township Police.

A man spent more than 30 minutes in a sewer pit he fell into Wednesday afternoon in Newberry Township.

Newberry Township Police said the man fell into the pit in the 2000 block of Red Bank Road about noon Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Newberry Township Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Hatterer said the man appeared to be doing some construction work on a ladder in a 20-foot deep sewage pit in the Mountainview Terrace trailer park.

“He was working down in the pit, and the ladder appears to have slipped," Hatterer said.

The man landed on his feet but broke a leg in the process, according to the assistant chief.

“He was in a pretty severe amount of pain," Hatterer said.

Crews used a ladder truck and rope to raise him from the pit. It took about 35 minutes for emergency personnel to rescue the man, police said.

He was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.

“He had a compound fracture to his leg, but it wasn’t anything life-threatening," Hatterer said.