Firefighters rescue man from underneath nearly one ton concrete slab

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Posted on June 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:11 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Firefighters rescued a man from underneath an almost one-ton concrete slab after a Good Samaritan heard his cries for help, according to the New Orleans Fire Department. 

The incident occurred around 4 a.m. near the Southern Scrap central city facility near North Dorgenois Street and Toulouse Street.

Firefighters rang one-alarm upon receiving the report and when they arrived on scene, the man told firefighters that he had stopped to urinate when the barrier, which had been stacked in front of him, fell over and pinned his legs to the ground, NOFD said.

Firefighters used airbags to lift the slab 18 inches off the ground and remove the man. The entire process took about 45 minutes, firefighters said.

The previous day's rains had softened the ground, causing the man's legs to be pressed into the mud as opposed to being crushed. The man only suffered a broken ankle, according to the NOFD.

Five units carrying 16 firefighters along with EMS crews were used.

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