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Springfield Gardens woman falls through Manhattan sidewalk

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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 3:05 pm | Updated: 5:06 pm, Mon Jan 14, 2013.

A heavyset Springfield Gardens woman was injured when she fell through a sidewalk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan while waiting for a bus Friday evening, according to published reports.

Ulanda Williams, 31, who reportedly weighs 400 pounds, plunged through the pavement at 301 E. 60th St. at around 9:10 p.m., according to the FDNY, which  responded to a call that a woman had fallen into a hole.

Some 10 units and between 30 to 40 firefighters responded to the scene. They hoisted Williams out using a three-point pulley system, which is the standard response for any construction accident, and had nothing to do with the victim’s size, a spokesman for the FDNY said.

Williams was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital and arrived at 10:12 p.m. to be treated for trauma, the FDNY said. She had cuts and bruises all over her face and neck, according to the New York Post.

Williams could not immediately be reached for comment, but she told the Post  she believes her plus-sized figure was responsible for her survival.

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  • mmmp posted at 10:22 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2013.

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    Even though, everyone has jokes on Ulanda Williams fall and her weight, her heart match every bit of it. During Sandy, Ulanda spent hours helping my group MakeMyMotherProud in the Far Rockaway community helping Sanday victims. Ulanda and I attended Beach Channel High School together. When Ulanda saw my group out in the commnity working hard helping in the community, she called me and said “Lakia I want to help my home”. She was raised in the Far Rockaway community in Ocean Village and even though she is her size- she didn’t let that stop her from coming out and giving back. Working long hours on her feet and moving from location to location.

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