MIDDLE VILLAGE — Firefighters said they were called to St. John Cemetery in Middle Village at 10:05 a.m. Sept. 5 to assist a worker who had fallen into an open grave, the FDNY said.
Paramedics arrived first and tried to assist the man, but found they could not get him out of the 8-to-10-foot hole, according to the Fire Department.
The FDNY said it then dispatched employees to the 80-01 Metropolitan Ave. cemetery.
The man was initially found in critical condition, but first responders downgraded this to serious condition by the time he was out of the hole, the FDNY said.
He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital by 10:55 a.m. with non-life-threatening injuries to his leg, according to the FDNY.