An 11-year-old boy fell through an open subway grate while playing at a Brooklyn playground Wednesday evening, police said.
The boy was playing next to the Rudd Playground in Brownsville near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Aberdeen Street around 5:45 p.m., according to the FDNY. He went into a fenced-off area and fell through the open subway grate, landing near tracks underground below.
The NYC Parks Department released a statement saying, “The health and safety of this child is on hearts and minds. We have staff on their way to address the site.”
They said the playground was recently refurbished and the subway grate was completely fenced off.
It is unclear how the child was able to get in and fall through. There is a door in the fence, but it remains unclear if it was open at the time.
By the time firefighter arrived to the scene, it appears the child was freed.
The MTA said the incident in under investigation.