A man, waiting for a bus on a sidewalk in Bronx, New York, plummeted nearly a dozen feet when a sinkhole suddenly opened underneath him. The horror didn't end there. The actual trauma hit when he encountered a swarm of scurrying rats in the sinkhole. "It was scarier than the fall itself," the man's mother had told a news agency.
The incident happened on Saturday when 33-year-old Leonard Shoulders was waiting for a bus on 3rd Avenue in Bronx. He fell 15 feet after a sinkhole suddenly opened.
Leonard suffered injuries on his face, legs and shoulders. His brother, Greg White, told New York Daily News that Leonard "scraped his face, broke his arm and broke his leg". Moreover, he said that the man's shoulders were stuck for around half-an-hour until he was rescued by firefighters in the area.
Sharing the harrowing ordeal, Greg White also said that Leonard could not even scream for help to " because he didn't want the rats going into his mouth".
Greg was quoted in the report as saying: "He couldn't move, and the rats were crawling all over him. He didn't scream, because he didn't want the rats going into his mouth."
Meanwhile, Leonard mother said that his son told her: "The rats down there were ridiculous, they were so big", another report said.
According to a report, emergency crews rescued Leonard in about half-hour. He was then rushed to the hospital and is now recovering.
"He's alive...Thank God," Leonard's mother was quoted as saying.