Nightmare on Third Avenue

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Nightmare on Third Avenue

The Blame Game

On Saturday, October 24th, 33-year-old Leonard Shoulders experienced every New Yorker’s worst nightmare.  Mr. Shoulders is walking towards the bus stop on Third Avenue near 183rd Street in the Bronx when, without any warning, the sidewalk collapses underneath him.  Mr. Shoulders plummets 15’ into an underground vault, breaking his leg and arm upon impact.  

But that’s not the scariest part of this story.  Because he falls into what appears to have been a rat colony. Hundreds of rats, crawling all around him and all over his body.  He cannot even scream because he’s afraid a rat will crawl into his mouth.   It’s not until New York City’s bravest arrive at the scene, half an hour later, that he’s rescued and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. In this episode of The Blame Game, we try to answer the question of Who’s to Blame for this sidewalk collapse and the injuries which it caused to Mr. Shoulders.  

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On Saturday, October 24th, 33-year-old Leonard Shoulders experienced every New Yorker’s worst nightmare.  Mr. Shoulders is walking towards the bus stop on Third Avenue near 183rd Street in the Bronx when, without any warning, the sidewalk collapses underneath him.  Mr. Shoulders plummets 15’ into an underground vault, breaking his leg and arm upon impact.  

But that’s not the scariest part of this story.  Because he falls into what appears to have been a rat colony. Hundreds of rats, crawling all around him and all over his body.  He cannot even scream because he’s afraid a rat will crawl into his mouth.   It’s not until New York City’s bravest arrive at the scene, half an hour later, that he’s rescued and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. In this episode of The Blame Game, we try to answer the question of Who’s to Blame for this sidewalk collapse and the injuries which it caused to Mr. Shoulders.  

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