Car Hits Head of Drunk Man Who Lifted Manhole Cover in Sacramento Street
2 Arrested, One Rescued From Sacramento Storm Drain
SACRAMENTO, Ca. Three people may have watched a few too many movies about sewer-dwelling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as kids. One of the three had to be rescued from Sacramento's sewer system overnight.
Sacramento police say a 26-year-old man whose identity has not been released,19-year-old Rhea Schroeder, his girlfriend and his 24-year-old brother Jacob Reinitz, had been drinking early Tuesday and decided to climb into the underground tunnels near Florin Road around 1:00 this morning.
The three walked about 200 yards in the drain and then tried to surface. When the older brother was lifting a manhole cover in the middle of a street, his head was struck by a passing car.
Firefighters climbed down into the sewer to attend to the injured man and strap him to a rescue board. They then set-up a tri-pod rescue system over the manhole and lifted the injured man out of the sewer with a hook connected to the tri-pod.
Many of the rescue crews involved say this type of sewer rescue was a first for them.
"Let's put it this way, you think you've seen it all, then something like this happens. It's something new everyday," Sacramento Police Sgt. Eric Forbeck told CBS13 News.
The man hit by the manhole cover suffered a skull fracture and was taken to the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.
The motorist, who got a flat tire, called police. The younger brother and girlfriend were arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.
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