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Murfreesboro Woman Falls Through Storm Drain

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by Chris Conte

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro woman is recovering at home with serious cuts and bruises after she fell through a storm drain while walking across the street last week.

"All of a sudden we started walking across the intersection and I dropped into a hole... I wasn't moving," says Candice Burns.

The 64-year-old was walking home from Wal-Mart to her apartment around 3:30pm on Friday afternoon. Candice says she was concerned about heavy traffic and was looking up as she tried to cross the street, which is why she believe she didn't see the storm drain in the middle of the road that was missing two steel sections.

"I was afraid I was going to lose my leg," she adds.

It took firefighters close to an hour to free Candice, first trying to cut the storm drain away with a jaws of life and then with a water saw.

"Oh, I was terrified. My neighbor stopped all the traffic from coming over because I could've got run over," Candice says about the ordeal.

Candice says the city of Murfreesboro is to blame for the storm drain being broken and has been told by city officials they will pay for her medical bills. 

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