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Man injured falling into West Side sinkhole

A man who is apparently vision-impaired sustained head and back injuries when he fell into a sinkhole along a street on Buffalo’s lower West Side late Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

The man, who remained conscious, was rescued by police and firefighters who arrived at the scene on Georgia Street near Prospect Avenue shortly after 5 p.m.

Identified by authorities as John Quaglietta, the man was transported for treatment to Erie County Medical Center, where he was reported in stable condition, according to authorities.

The hole was open when Quaglietta fell in it, according to authorities.

Authorities said there were only traffic cones alerting passersby to the hazard.

“This guy told us that he is partly blind,” one of the first responders said, adding that the injured man does not have a permanent address. “This sinkhole is 5 or 6 feet deep and just goes on and on.”

A city official, when contacted by The Buffalo News, said the sinkhole may have been caused by a damaged sewer line outside a residence.

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