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Man falls into LIC sidewalk grate while trying to retrieve keys

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Updated 2:52 p.m. 

Authorities had to rescue a man after he reportedly fell down a sidewalk grate in Long Island City Tuesday morning after slipping off a ladder he placed into the grate while attempting to retrieve his keys.

According to the MTA, at about 11:30 a.m. a man dropped his keys into the sidewalk grating in front of 24-20 Jackson Ave. just above the Court Square subway station. The man, who has not been identified, then opened the grate and placed an A-frame ladder into the grate. While climbing down the ladder he lost his footing and fell.

The man suffered minor head and leg injuries and after fire officials got him out of the hole, he was transferred to Bellevue Hospital, the FDNY said.

There is no visual defect to the grate and it was secured after the incident, according to the MTA.

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