A man in Brooklyn, New York died after falling through a cellar grate.
The man was reportedly walking on Bedford Avenue when he stepped onto the grate. Suddenly, the metal doors of the grate collapsed and the man fell 12 feet into the basement. The doors, according to the New York Daily News, led to the basement of an abandoned building.
“The thing just opened. He was walking. He wasn't paying attention,” witness Richie McCray said. “The thing is loose. And he disappeared.”
While police did not initially confirm the incident, officers were seen pulling what appeared to be a dead body from the basement. McCray said the victim, who was in his 30s, lived in a shelter nearby.
City law holds property owners responsible for injuries or deaths caused by improperly secured cellar grates. In 2014, 40 complaints were filed about unstable cellar doors in New York City, and 19 complaints have been filed so far in 2015.