Man Falls 12-Feet Into Manhole While Looking for Cigarette

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A man is hospitalized after falling 12-feet into a manhole while looking for a cigarette on Tuesday morning.

Joshua Uterstaedt, 19, of Meriden, walked into a coned off work zone in Lincoln Plaza, at 311 West Main St. in Meriden at 8:10 a.m., approached a worker who was inspecting sewer lines for a cigarette and fell into an open hole while turning to leave the work zone, police said.

An ambulance transported Uterstaedt to Midstate Medical Center. His condition is not known.

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