Woman Dies From Fall Through Rotten Floorboards Into a Hidden Well

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Oconee County Emergency Services

An 83-year-old woman died after falling through rotted floorboards into a well shaft that had been covered up in a century-old home in Salem, S.C., Fox Carolina reported.

The woman had been walking across the kitchen of the 1920 home when the flooring gave way over an approximately 50-foot well. The woman had been helping her daughter move from the house at the time. The owner of the home reportedly did not know the well was there.

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It took rescuers almost four hours to retrieve the woman’s body from the well, after which a coroner determined she died from her injuries from the fall; her death was ruled accidental.

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