Workers trapped, killed in NYC manhole

June 29, 2009 2:11:06 PM PDT
New York City police say three workers trying to clean a sewer got trapped down a manhole and died. Firefighters had been attempting to rescue the workers, but authorities believe they were already dead when they arrived. The three worked for a private contractor.

Officials say two of the workers apparently went into the manhole to check it out. When they 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 in the Jamaica neighborhood.

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