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Man Falls 14 Floors Down Air Duct, Lives

December 24, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A construction worker who survived a 14-story plunge down an air duct was in serious condition at a suburban hospital Wednesday, where his survival was termed "a Christmas miracle."

Edward Ruettgers, 51, of Manassas, Va., fell down a 2-by-4-foot duct Tuesday at an office building under construction in Fairfax County, Va. He was listed in serious condition at Fairfax Hospital with a possible broken neck and back.

Ruettgers' fall was broken on the fourth floor when he became wedged in an 18-by-18-inch section. Workers had to cut through the duct to reach him.

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