Falling Ice Injures Woman In Downtown New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD — Pleasant Street in downtown New Bedford wasn’t too pleasant for one unlucky pedestrian early Wednesday afternoon.
An unidentified female pedestrian was struck in the head by falling ice while walking on the sidewalk in front of the former Standard Times Building located at 555 Pleasant Street. District Fire Chief Steven Beaulieu responded to the scene and says the ice that fell from the roof of the building and sliced the woman’s head, but she was able to leave on her own power after being treated.
“As far as I know she got treatment and then she left on her own,” Beaulieu explained. “Obviously with the ice falling from a distance it caused some injury, but nothing that would require hospitalization.”
City workers and emergency crews have temporarily shut down access to the stretch of Pleasant Street beginning at the Webster Bank building and ending at the New Bedford Police Department.
“The Chief of the Department (Michael Gomes) showed up and called for the ladder company to clear the hazards from that balcony, so that’s what we’re doing now,” Beaulieu said.
Beaulieu says this is currently the only location the Department has been ordered to clear of ice.