Pedestrian Injured After Falling into Uncovered Manhole in Houston County, Georgia
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA. – According to a news article published at wgxa.tv, a pedestrian was injured after falling into an uncovered manhole in Houston County, Georgia. Authorities believe that the cover to the manhole was stolen, and they are asking for the public to contact them with any information about the incident.*
The fall occurred during the evening in the 600 block of Old Perry Road in Houston County. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office and WGXA report that a man was walking his dog on the sidewalk of Old Perry Road and came to a manhole that did not have a cover. The man ended up falling into the manhole, according to authorities.
The man sustained serious injuries in the fall, WGXA reports, including scrapes, abrasions, and deep lacerations. The report does not identify the man or say whether he was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. His current condition was also not reported.
It is not completely clear why the manhole was missing its cover. Deputies indicated that no cones, tape, or other materials were present at the scene to suggest that a crew had been working at the manhole. No signage or barricades were present to prevent someone from falling into the manhole, either. Deputies surmised that the manhole cover had likely been stolen prior to the man’s fall.
It is unclear when the theft might have occurred. Authorities did not provide any information about potential suspects. Anyone who might have information about the missing cover is asked to contact the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 542-2125.
Deputies reported the missing cover to the Public Works Department, which should have it replaced expediently. No further information about the possible theft or the fall was included in the news report from WGXA.
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