Rome boy gets stuck in sink hole on front lawn

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A normal school day morning turned into a scary scene at a residence in Rome, Friday.

Andrew Millson, 9, was waiting for the bus on his front lawn, when he fell into a puddle of mud.

The puddle turned out to be a sink hole, and Andrew was unable to pull himself out. His brother, Mason, summoned their babysitter to come outside for help after he noticed Andrew struggling to get free.

The babysitter, and a random passerby pulled him out of the sink hole after an extended period of time.

""He couldn't get out himself, he was actually up to his waist they had to actually pull him out," said Andrew's mother, Kari Tollefsrud. "He panicked a little bit and they said the more he panicked, the more he sank in. But they ended up getting him out, he went in the house, changed his clothes, cleaned up really quick and still got in the school bus on time."

The remarkable story came to a relieving end on this day, however, Tollefsrud said that a water main break that has been causing problems since late December is the culprit that caused the hole.

She also said that the City has came to her residence a few times to pump water out of the whole, but it continued to be an issue for a month.

Officials within the Rome Water Department have said that the problem has been fixed, with a new patch of asphalt being installed this morning following the incident.

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