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NYU student rescued after wedged between buildings

NEW YORK — Firefighters rescued a 19-year-old New York University student who became trapped between two buildings in lower Manhattan.

Officials say rescue workers had to breach a concrete wall to gain access to Asher Vongtau, who was found wedged in an area about six to 18 inches wide next to 80 Lafayette St. just after 5 p.m. Sunday.

It took rescue workers over an hour and half to pull the student out. Police say Vongtau, who was conscious, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

It’s unclear how the student got stuck between the two buildings, an NYU dorm and a parking garage, or for how long. A fire official said the only way to get to the site is from above.

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