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Iowa boy freed after trapped under slab in river

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) -- Officials say rescue crews freed a boy whose leg was trapped under a large concrete slab in the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge.

Officials say 14-year-old Joseph Hill, of rural Webster County, was pinned for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon. He was laying on his back in about three feet of water along the bank.

Hill's grandfather, Dean Vogel, of Otho says they were fishing and his grandson stepped on the slab while trying to retrieve a fishing line. His leg was caught when the concrete moved and he couldn't get out of the way.

The teen was taken to a Fort Dodge hospital, where he was treated and released.

Vogel says his grandson suffered cuts and bruises, but no broken bones.

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