BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Firefighters rescued a man after his right leg became trapped in a small sinkhole on a Bed-Stuy street Tuesday morning, according to the FDNY and witnesses.
The fire department received a call at 11:13 a.m. reporting the man's leg was trapped in a sinkhole at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Walworth Street, fire officials said.
A man who said he works with the victim at a nearby auto repair shop recalled that the street collapsed under his coworker's foot, leaving him painfully trapped nearly thigh-deep in the pavement.
"From what I understand he was walking and the ground gave way. I ran over there and he was stuck in the ground, and the fire department was just arriving when I got there," said Joe Grunbaum of Kings County Autobody, Inc.
"It almost looked like he didn't have a leg. He seemed to be in a lot of pain."
A video showed three firefighters pull the man out of the hole, revealing a shoeless foot.
The victim was taken to Woodhull Hospital, the FDNY said.
Another witness heard the victim say his foot had gone numb while awaiting rescue.
"He said he couldn't feel his foot," said construction worker Danny Flores, 26, who lives nearby. "I thought he didn't have no leg when I first saw him. It's scary because his whole body could have fallen in."