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Worker Rescued After Being Stuck On Top Of Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue

A worker was rescued from a tram on Roosevelt Island Tuesday. (Credit: Peter Gerber)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police came to the aid of a worker after he found himself trapped on top of a Roosevelt Island tram early Tuesday afternoon.

As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, the tram was stopped for routine maintenance at the time, and the ironworker doing the maintenance high up at the top of the Roosevelt Island tower somehow got his foot stuck between a cable and a wheel.

“He either slipped because of the snow or the grease up there,” NYPD Emergency Service Unit Detective Russell Thatcher said. “The cabin rolled a little bit and trapped his foot.”

Detectives rescued the worker after riding up in another tram car and then climbing.

“Got his foot free from the tram, packaged him up, and lowered him from the tower into the hole on top of the unaffected tram, and got him down to the ground for the ambulance to take him to the hospital,” Det. Tim Krumm said.

The 49-year-old worker suffered broken bones, but was described by the detectives as a “tough guy” who would recover.

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