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Woman who fell through sidewalk says her 'girth' saved her

January 13, 2013 2:07:57 PM PST
The woman who broke her arm after falling through an Upper East Side sidewalk on Friday night says her girth saved her from greater injury.

Ulanda Williams, who according to the New York Post is 6'5" and 400 pounds told the newspaper that the seven-foot fall may have killed a smaller person. The buildings department says structural defects may have caused the concrete to collapse on Friday night.

Williams is said to have fallen into a hole about seven feet deep into the basement of a building on East 60th Street and 2nd Avenue, into the basement of a building, and was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Rescue workers say the sidewalk gave way while she was trying to get out of the rain. Inspectors found a four foot by six foot slab of concrete, which was part of the sidewalk, had collapsed into a vault cellar in front of the building.

Further investigation revealed the steel doors leading to the vault were defective and a stair case leading to the first floor commercial space was loose.

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