3 NYC Workers Die After Being Trapped In Hole


fdny amb.jpgThree sanitation workers died after being trapped in a sewage hole in Queens on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the scene at a transfer station for Putrescible Solid Waste and pulled the workers’ bodies from the hole, which was about 18 feet deep, shortly after 3 p.m., about an hour after it was reported they had become trapped. It’s believed that toxic fumes inside the hole may have played into their deaths.

According to officials, two of the workers apparently went into the sewage hole to check it out and when he didn’t return, the third worker went in.

A Fire Department spokesman says firefighters were alerted at 2:30 p.m. Monday and sent rescue units to the site on Douglas Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood.

(Source: WCBSTV)


  1. Our interest in this story is much greater than what you report. Two of the victims were Shlomo and Harel Dahan, owners of the business called Dahan’s Sewer. Their worker was overcome by fumes in the sewer, and they bravely climbed in to help him. unfortunately, they too were overcome by fumes, and died. Boruch Dayan Haemes

  2. This is so sad. Two of the workers were Yidden. What’s even sadder is that it was a man and his twenty year old son. These were two Israelis living in Brooklyn ( Not sure who the third was). They will be flown to Eretz Yisroel tomorrow, where the levaya will take place. BARUCH DAYAN HA-EMES!!!

  3. Baruch Dayan Emet.

    Usually, sensors are put into manhole/sewers to check for any life-threating fumes and gases. I wonder what happened here.

  4. The levaya in New York will take place at 3:30pm at Shomrei Hadaas 14th Ave and 39th street. Not sure of the funeral Eretz Yisrael.
    We should hear besorot tovot!

  5. They davened in rabbi levy’s shul in mill basin. What a tradgedy. We don’t understand we r limited. “ein chekker ltevunoso”!!! Hashem should give family strength to overcome these painful moments!!