Three 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.