Man taken to hospital after fall into Boise utility hole

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by Bonnie Shelton

NWCN.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

BOISE - A man was hospitalized after falling into an open utility hole in Boise Tuesday night.

The accident happened just after 11 p.m. at the the intersection of Overland Road and Hervey Street.

Ada County dispatchers say the man was walking with his friend when he fell into the hole. His friend called 911.

Boise firefighters responded and were able to get the man out using a ladder. According to a hospital employee, he was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, and was listed in serious condition early Wednesday morning.

Police have not released the man's identity, but say he is a local transient in his 50's. The hole was clearkly marked with cones and caution tape, but police believe alcohol played a role in the fall.

Officers say they've had many run-ins with the man. But they said this case was unusual.

"In the 23 years I've been working here, I've never come to a call where a man fell in a hole yet, so this was a first for me," Boise Police Cpl. Parry Markle said. "There were cones up obviously, and there was tape around the cones and those were pulled down into the hole. It looks like he had probably taken those with him when he fell in."

According to the Ada County Highway District website, sewer work is being done at the intersection. The project started June 24 and is set to wrap up this week.

The construction crew in charge of the Hervey Street project came to check everything out after the incident on Tuesday night. Officers don't believe the workers did anything wrong.

"Everything appeared to be in place. The signs were all up and as you can see there's all kinds of cones and signs saying construction and as far as we can tell, the tape was up before the individual fell in the hole," said Cpl. Markle.

Police say they expect the man to recover from his injuries.

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