Workers Fall 100 Feet Into Empty Water Tank; One Dies

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (December 5, 2012)--One person died and one was rescued Wednesday after they fell 100 feet into an empty water tank outside Philadelphia.

Lower Providence police Chief Francis "Bud" Carroll said three men were inside the tank Wednesday morning when a platform or scaffolding collapsed, sending two men deep into the vessel.

Carroll says the victims were with a New Jersey-based business hired by Audubon Water Co. to clean its empty tanks.

Their names were not immediately released.

Montgomery County coroner Walter Hofman said the man who fell in the tank and survived was suspended above the ground by a safety harness.

It took rescuers about three hours to get him out.

He is hospitalized, but his condition hasn't been released.

Lower Providence Township is about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.


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