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Man rescued from aqueduct

Became trapped on collapsed structure after sustaining injury

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:47 a.m. CDT

A man was rescued by the Morris Fire Department Wednesday afternoon after he climbed onto the collapsed aqueduct and injured himself, according to Fire Chief Tracey Steffes.

The man was taken to Morris Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to Steffes, the man crawled onto the ruins of the aqueduct, flipped over, fell and was injured. He was unable to get back from the aqueduct because of his injuries.

A person with him, who was not on the aqueduct, called the fire department, which used a backboard and rope to rescue the man.

After the incident, Steffes said the public should use common sense and not go near the aqueduct.

“The aqueduct is a very dangerous place right now,” Steffes said. “It collapsed and we don’t know how stable it is, or if it can collapse again.”

The aqueduct, located between downtown Morris and Gebhard Woods State Park, collapsed April 19 due to major flooding. Built in 1937, the historic aqueduct carried the I&M Canal over Nettle Creek. It will have to be completely rebuilt.

“It’s obviously been compromised,” Steffes said. “It’s a very unsafe structure and people should not go on it.”

Doing so not only puts the individual’s safety at risk, but that of the rescue personnel, Steffes said.

“People need to use commonsense,” Steffes said.

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