WATCH: Girl rescued after falling into sewer manhole
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Cell phone video obtained by 13WHAM's ABC affiliate in Buffalo, WKBW, shows firefighters lowering a ladder into a sewer to reach 12 year-old Grace Knox, and Knox climbing to safety moments later.
Knox was walking to Southside Elementary School around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when she fell 12 feet into an open manhole on Rutland Street near South Legion Drive.
She was trapped for about an hour in a foot of rushing water. With no cell phone, all she could do was call for help.
A passerby, George Bankowski of South Buffalo, heard her cries and came to her aide.
He alerted rescuers, who arrived a short time later.
Knox underwent surgery on her ankle and will not be able to walk for weeks.
Police believe pranksters or vandals removed the manhole cover overnight.