A dropped toilet exploded, driving pieces of porcelain into veteran Ridgewood sanitation worker collecting refuse on South Broad Street.
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Damien Hamlin was taken by ambulance to The Valley Hospital nearby for treatment of a severe leg wound, including more than 30 stitches. His condition was unknown.
The toilet exploded after slipping from Hamlin’s hands.
Responding to the 11:30 a.m. accident were Ridgewood police, fire and EMS.
Hamlin was one of three village sanitation workers honored four years ago for extinguishing a residential fire.