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Fire crews rescue injured construction worker from trench

December 7, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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Fire crews rescued a construction worker trapped under a sluff of dirt Thursday while working in a trench in west Colorado Springs. (Liz Forster, The Gazette)

Fire crews rescued a construction worker trapped under a sluff of dirt Thursday while working in a trench in west Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Fire Department received a call from the construction site at 25th and Cache La Poudre streets just before 11 a.m., said Capt. Brian Vaughan. Other workers told fire crews that a mass of dirt slid down the wall of the trench, falling on top of the worker.

Firefighters dropped a rope down into the ditch and administered pain medication before removing the man from the trench.

He was transported to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening lower body injuries about 20 minutes after fire crews arrived.

Vaughan said the trapped worker "was very lucky."

"Trenches are one of the most dangerous places people can work in," he said. "We've all been buried in sand and know how heavy it can be. Times that by five with dirt like this. It's very heavy on top of a worker."  

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