SD firefighters save man from collapsed trench

Battle Creek responders rescued a man trapped waist-deep inside the trench in 100-degree temperatures


By Rapid City Journal, S.D.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A man was hospitalized Monday after he was trapped for several hours in a collapsed trench.

The Battle Creek Fire Department responded to the 2000 block of Nellie Lane near Keystone for a report of a man trapped in a dirt excavation trench.

Photo/Battle Creek Fire Department

Firefighters discovered a man, trapped up to his waist, in about a 10-12 feet deep trench, unable to free himself and immediately called for specialized support from the Rapid City Fire Department Urban Heavy Rescue, Pennington County Search and Rescue and the Rapid City Solid Waste Division.

Firefighters and Search and Rescue personnel worked in 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures in a very narrow and confined work site, used specialized equipment to remove the male, which included a Rapid City Water Reclamation Division vacuum excavation truck

Once freed from the trench, the worker was taken to Monument Hospital in Rapid City by ambulance.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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