Joseph Barone, 51, was being treated Wednesday at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for various injuries to his arms and legs as well as hypothermia. And as CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported exclusively, Barone talked from his hospital bed about being 75 feet below ground, trying to hook something onto a crane above ground.
“I went downstairs to hook up a machine that we pull out of the hole with the crane, and the crane was overhead, so I moved out of the way and I stepped in the mud, and the mud just grabbed me and wouldn’t release me,” Barone said.
Barone became trapped in a quicksand-like mixture of mud and debris in the tunnel just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was rescued just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
At the hospital, Barone said he couldn’t wait to get back to work – a comment that was hard to believe given his ordeal. In fact, with his family surrounding his hospital bed, Barone was all smiles.