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A Rhode Island college student found herself stuck in a bad situation early Friday morning when she tried to run between two buildings and became wedged in the gap instead. Trapped in an eight-inch alley, Courtney Malloy, 22, had to be rescued by the local fire department after witnesses heard her screaming for help around 12:45 am.
“She was completely shaking and panicking and out of shape,” witness David Boutros, who owns a nearby bar, told the station. “She was panicking, she looked like she had a few alcohol… She didn’t know what to do. She was stuck between two buildings. She was trapped and she was breathing heavy.”
“It appears she was trying to make her way through the alley, and it got too tight for her,” acting Battalion Chief Jeffrey Varone told NBC-10 News. “She kept trying to get her way in, and she wedged herself in, about 24 inches off the ground in a horizontal position, and she was unable to move.”
In an ordeal that lasted over an hour, rescue crews removed a fence that blocked the alley and bashed in a concrete wall in attempts to reach her, until a firefighter was finally able to access the alley through a bar’s back door and freed her, according to the Providence Journal.