Nassau County police needed about 20 minutes Monday to rescue a Verizon worker who fell several feet from a ladder while working inside a manhole in East Garden City, a company spokesman said.

Officers from Nassau County police Emergency Services and the Emergency Ambulance Bureau responded to the intersection of Earle Ovington and Charles Lindbergh boulevards about 10:30 a.m.

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The man was part of a Verizon crew pulling cable between manholes when a ladder attached to the interior of the manhole gave way, said company spokesman John Bonomo.

The worker fell several feet inside the manhole and one of his fellow workers immediately called 911, Bonomo said.

Police did not have details regarding the man's injuries, only that they were not life threatening. He was conscious and alert when he was removed on a stretcher cage.

Bonomo said the employee was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. A hospital spokeswoman said the worker was being admitted in guarded but stable condition.

With Brian Grogan