By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A woman was rescued by emergency responders after being trapped in a hole near NE 23rd St. and Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City.
The 32-year-old woman told rescue crews that she fell into the hole Tuesday night while walking along NE 23rd St. She was unable to climb out and stayed there overnight until she was able to flag down a passerby about noon.
“The woman wasn’t sure what time that happened but said she was there overnight,” said Midwest City Fire Chief Bert Norton.
Firefighters used a rope to pull the woman out of the hole. She complained about back pain and was treated by paramedics, authorities said.
The hole is about 18-20 inches in diameter and about 8-12 feet deep. It is about three feet away from the roadway on the south side NE 23rd St., near St. Luke. Ave.
Employees with Midwest City public works and risk management inspected the site and believe it was sink hole. The area is located in Midwest City City limits, but it is maintained by the state as part of public easement for NE 23rd/State Highway 62.
The area was not marked with any flags for underground utility work.
Midwest City crews filled in the hole with dirt to alleviate the hazard.