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400-Pound Woman Who Fell Through Sidewalk Says Her Size Saved Her

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Hum    6,929

Size does matter!

The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall.

?Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me,? Ulanda Williams, 32, told The Post as she was discharged from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Williams, of Springfield Gardens, was waiting for a bus at about 9:10 p.m. Friday when she tried to hide from the rain under an awning.

The ground suddenly disappeared beneath her ? and she was swallowed whole by the cavernous space adjacent to the cellar of The Blue Room on Second Avenue.

?It was horrible, absolutely horrible,? said Williams, who broke her arm in two places in the 6-foot fall.

The social worker, who wore an arm brace as she left the hospital, had bruises and cuts all over her face and neck from the fall.

She said there were no warning signs indicating that any possible sidewalk danger.

?Nothing, nothing,? she said. ?It happened so instantly that I didn?t even recognize anything. Cement was all over me, debris. They had a bed frame down there, broken pipes and wood pieces. It was a hollow place.?

?I was standing there approximately 10 seconds and when that occurred, I just fell right through,? said Williams, who stands about 6-foot-5.

The FDNY had to use a crane and cargo net to get her out.

City Department of Buildings inspectors found that a 4-by-6-foot section of sidewalk had collapsed into a vault cellar in front of the building.

Further investigation revealed defective steel doors leading to the vault, and a first-floor staircase was loose.

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Glassed Silver    940

Survival of the fittest my ass...

I'm ordering a round of pizzas now, who wants to join me?

Glassed Silver:mac

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MikeChipshop    3,284

Saved her... for now.

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ahhell    1,306

It was probably her big fat ass that caused the sidewalk to collapse in the first place.

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Charisma    2,388

It was probably her big fat ass that caused the sidewalk to collapse in the first place.

This is what I was about to say, a thinner woman man not have survived the fall, but a thinner woman may not have broken through in the first place.

Oh well, all's well that ends well--and really, there should have been a sign up if anything was going on with the sidewalk construction-wise, no?

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Hum    6,929

Oh, that poor sidewalk !

no comments on her picture ... :whistle:

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S.MULLA    8

Well maybe a thinner lady wouldnt weigh so much for the ground to collapse inthe first place...

Survives crack in floor today- dies tmrw of heart attack.... :pinch:

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+fusi0n    1,559

It was probably her big fat ass that caused the sidewalk to collapse in the first place.

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KingCracker    1,495

Damn, lol the sidewalk couldn't take her weight. Hook her up to a crane and use her as a wrecking ball.

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Brandon    181

Where my fried chkin'

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hooko22    21

I don't think that would have happened if it weren't for her size.

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Jason S.    1,243

size might have saved her, but there's still the shame of having to use a crane to get her out!

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Hum    6,929

^ There should be a YouTube video of that. :yes:

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theyarecomingforyou    9,094

The sad thing is that she will now use this as a justification for remaining overweight. :no:

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Guth    104

there should have been a sign up if anything was going on with the sidewalk construction-wise, no?

there wasn't any construction goin on. At least not before her big ass fell through :laugh:

Also, agree with the point that her size may have broken the fall, but someone thin probaly wouldn't have fell at all.

The sad thing is that she will now use this as a justification for remaining overweight. :no:

And to sue the government/council/whoever is responsible for the pavements over there.

The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall.

Death? from a 6foot fall? come on! Someone thinner falling 6 feet would have less of an impact due to their lower mass, they would probably come off better than she did!

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Buttus    875

The sad thing is that she will now use this as a justification for remaining overweight. :no:

maybe she should get even bigger, just in case it happens again!

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tiagosilva29    885
I'm ordering a round of pizzas now, who wants to join me?
Me, if you're paying.
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Hum    6,929

Found the sidewalk warning sign:

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Original Poster    324

so her fat ass broke it... and saved her... a skinner woman would have walked over that without batting an eyelid

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Marshall    15,353

HzODw.jpg

Umm yeah, I can definitely see that happening. Someone should notify her to never take a cruise, she'll mistakenly be harpooned.

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Hum    6,929

^ You just had to post the picture. :p

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Marshall    15,353

^ You just had to post the picture. :p

But of course, as a picture is worth a thousand pounds....ermmmm something like that.

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Hum    6,929

^ Don't you love the 'caution' sign behind her .... :laugh:

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Jose_49    617

The true question we should be asking:

What happened to the ground? Did it cracked? Somebody must pay for it ;)

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