Worker Rescued After Getting Stuck Atop Roosevelt Island Tram

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    A daring rescue over the East River helps saves the life of an iron worker stuck on top of a Roosevelt Island tram. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013)

    Police and fire authorities rescued a worker who got stuck in some machinery atop the cabin of a suspended Roosevelt Island tram Tuesday, according to the FDNY.

    Police say the worker was performing a routine inspection of the cables above an empty tram car when his foot got caught in some of the machinery.

    "His foot got between two of the wheels, the car rolled an inch or two, trapping his foot, pinning it between the wheel and the cable," said Detective Russell Thatcher of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit. "

    Rescue workers took a second tram to reach the one where the worker was stuck and had to secure him so he could be brought inside the tram and lowered to safety. 

    The worker was back on the ground before 1:30 p.m. and was being transported to a local hospital. He was alert and conscious, rescuers said. 

    Tram service was suspended during the rescue but restored by 2 p.m. Commuters were advised to expect residual delays.

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