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San Diego woman slips in shower, falls through window

August 15, 2012 |  8:45 am

A San Diego woman is recuperating after she slipped while taking a shower in her apartment, fell out a window and plunged about 15 feet to the bottom of a light shaft in the middle of the building.

The accident in the 2700 block of Commercial Street in the Logan Heights neighborhood occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department told Fox5 in San Diego.

The woman, who is in her 50s, tumbled through a two-by-three-foot opening next to her bathtub and into the shaft, an old-fashioned construction feature designed to bring daylight into rooms, said department spokesman Maurice Luque.

San Diego Emergency crews found her at the bottom of the shaft, about six feet below ground level, and were able to pull her through the bathroom window of the unit below hers, Luque said.

Medics took the woman, who remained conscious throughout the ordeal, to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderately serious injuries. Luque described the mishap as out of the ordinary, particularly since the type of light shaft involved is common only in older buildings.

"It's just unusual,'' he said.


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