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Firefighters Rescue Worker Trapped In Trench

Last updated on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

(CARMEL) - A worker trapped in a trench in Carmel for more than three hours has been freed.

RTV6 reports the incident happened just before 1 p.m. in front of a home at 11908 Rolling Springs Drive, just east of Keystone Avenue and Carmel Drive.

A worker with Bedell Plumbing in Greenfield was installing a new sewer line when a portion of the 12-foot-deep trench collapsed, trapping him from his waist down, officials said.

Crews used a large suction tool to remove dirt from the trench and free the man just after 4 p.m.

"The tedious task of making the trench safe to work in for emergency personnel and for the victim has taken a lot of scene time and many trained hands to facilitate the rescue," said Bruce Knott with the Carmel Fire Department.

The worker was taken to St. Vincent Hospital. His condition was not immediately released, but officials said he was conscious and aware.

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