Construction worker freed from trench collapse

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A construction worker found himself trapped in more than 2 feet of dirt after a trench collapsed Thursday morning.

Firefighters worked roughly 20 minutes to free him.

"Trenches are one of the most dangerous things people do," said Captain Brian Vaughan with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "We talk about the weight of cubic feet of dirt. It's extremely heavy, easily trapped, everyone here has been at the beach and had someone cover themselves up, you can probably times that by five when you are talking about dirt, and not to mention the elements and other things going on, which make it that much more dangerous for the victim."

The worker was part of a team digging in the area of 25th and Uintah streets near Old Colorado City when one of the dirt walls crumbled.

"We had one of the walls of the trench slough off and land on the gentleman, putting about 18 inches of dirt above the waist but down to the feet," Vaughan said.

The worker's leg was hurt, though his injuries were not life-threatening. Firefighters stabilized him with pain medication, then got to work.

"We're able to drop ropes down into the hole with crews ... Able to lift him up on a backboard, preserving what is good on his body, not trying to move him at all," Vaughan explained.

Once freed, the worker was transported to a nearby hospital where he is expected to be OK.

This rescue comes on the same day that a 15-year-old boy was rescued from a mine shaft in Golden.