11-Year-Old Falls Through Open Subway Grate in Brooklyn Playground, Lands Near Tracks

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An 11-year-old boy fell through an open subway grate while playing at a Brooklyn playground Wednesday evening, police said.

The boy was playing next to the Rudd Playground in Brownsville near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Aberdeen Street around 5:45 p.m., according to the FDNY. He went into a fenced-off area and fell through the open subway grate, landing near tracks underground below.

The NYC Parks said in a statement that the "health and safety of this child is on hearts and minds. We are happy to hear that they were safely removed from inside the subway grate that runs through Rudd Playground by Good Samaritans."

The boy was brought to Kings County Hospital. His identity and condition were not made available.

An NYC parks employee said that the grate in question is typically secured from public access by a safety fence around and above it, but the recently installed fence at the park was vandalized and peeled back.

After the incident, the MTA addressed the grate and the Parks Department re-secured the fence, making it closed to the public once again.

The MTA said the incident in under investigation.

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