COPY-Boy survives 20-foot fall at abandoned Ark. plant

TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Arkansas say an 11-year-old boy was injured after he fell 20 feet inside a drain hole at an abandoned water treatment plant.

Trumann Fire Department Capt. David Hicks says the child suffered a broken leg and broken ankle as well as a possible hip fracture. Hicks tells The Jonesboro Sun ( ) the boy was airlifted to a Memphis, Tenn., hospital for treatment.

Hicks says the boy was part of a group of children who squeezed through a locked gate to access the former water treatment plant. Authorities say the boy fell into a hole and the other children went home and told their parents.

Firefighters and paramedics freed the injured boy Sunday afternoon.

Hicks says Trumann Water and Sewer employees secured the facility to avoid another accident.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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