Young Boy Recovering after Falling Down Storm Drain


After a mothers worst nightmare became a reality, her two-year-old son is back home from the hospital. Her little boy fell into a storm drain Monday afternoon.

The mother said she was walking down Zane Highway in Martins Ferry on the sidewalk with her children around 3:30 p.m. Monday when her little boy ran in front of her and slipped and fell into the storm drain.

Authorities were able to get down into the drain and rescue the boy quickly but according to several witnesses, he was covered in blood and was taken to the hospital. 

A couple neighbors said they’ve been complaining to the city to fix the storm drain for years because of the children in the neighborhood.

“I was afraid when I raised my children they were going to fall down there and I’ve waited fifty years and I knew this would happen someday,” said Martins Ferry resident Sally Harris.

“People complain and then there’s nothing done. It’s time something is done,” said neighbor Rosalie Rigas.

“I don’t think it’s really anyone’s fault, I think it’s just a tragic thing that happened and an issue that the city needs to address and knowing Martins Ferry, and Belmont County and how they are with the children, now that that happened, I really feel that they’ll have that fixed as fast as they possibly could,” said B.E.E.T.E.M. Car, Audio and Battery Owner Eric Young.

Martins Ferry Service Director, Chuck Bennet, said they’ll be working on the storm drains in the near future in order to start their re paving project on Zane Highway.  

According to friends and family, the little boy is back home resting with several bruises and stitches in his head. 

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