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New York man falls into sinkhole full of rats

By T.K. Randall
October 30, 2020 · Comment icon 9 comments



The stuff that nightmares are made of... Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Chris Barber
A man who had been waiting for a bus was unaware of the nightmare scenario he was about to experience.
Over the years we've heard stories and seen CCTV footage of unsuspecting pedestrians falling into sinkholes that have suddenly opened up beneath them, but for one New York resident recently, such a scenario came with a terrifying twist that made the nightmare even worse.

33-year-old Leonard Shoulders had been waiting for a bus in the Bronx, New York City, when the concrete underneath his feet suddenly collapsed, causing him to fall into a large hole.

As if this wasn't bad enough, he found to his horror that he was trapped in a space filled with rats.

Having suffered from a broken arm and leg from the fall, he was unable to climb out, however his newfound companions had also made it difficult for him to call out for help.
"He couldn't move, and the rats were crawling all over him," said his brother, Greg White.

"He didn't scream, because he didn't want the rats going into his mouth."

Fortunately, firefighters were eventually able to free him from the hole, but not until he had been forced to lie there for over 30 minutes surrounded by vermin.

While he is now recovering in hospital, it's an experience he's unlikely to forget anytime soon.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 2 years ago
Oh don't be so mean, they're just queuing up to vote... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
OMG remainds me of Indiana Jones when he fell into hole full of snakes.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Remind me of a joke with rats. A nice saleman go to see the mayor of NY to sell him a blue rat. By god sake the mayor say, wtf you want me to do with that bloody rat ! The nice saleman say that all the rats are following the blue rat, and the blue rat is trained to flee in the sea and die. Nice the mayor say ! I want it ! But, can i ask you a question ? Do you have a blue republican ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by rashore 2 years ago
Yeeech, shades of Graveyard Shift there, poor guy.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nuclear Wessel 2 years ago
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then 2 years ago
NYC will never be on any bucket list for me... Why does this remind me of 1984?
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
Probably because I predicted you would post more fictional fear factors yesterday. And indeed, that very novel. I must be psychic huh.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mantis914 2 years ago
Reminds me of "Little Nicky" when a chunk of Central Park has submerged into hell.
Comment icon #9 Posted by WolfHawk 2 years ago
I think everybody should get together and send this poor man a couple bucks, a case of soap, a 50 gallon barrel of hand sanitizer, etc....God knows he will need years of psychological therapy and I think everybody should get together and send this poor man a couple bucks, a case of soap, a 50 gallon barrel of hand sanitizer, etc....God knows he will need years of psychological therapy and may never feel clean again!


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