Firefighters rescue person stuck in trench

9NEWS @ 9. 9/18/2016

COMMERCE CITY - First responders rescued a man trapped in a 10 foot deep trench on Sunday.

Crews responded to the 7200 Block of Ivy Street around 11:30 a.m.  to find the victim  pinned in the trench from the waist down.

"There was a construction crew working in the ground not quite sure if they were working on a sewer line or  water line or what they were working on," said Michael Gawel with the South Adams County Fire Rescue. "But they had one gentleman that was in about an 8 foot deep hole."

During the rescue, firefighters say the victim, a man in his 30s,  was conscious, alert and talking to first responders.

"It was over a 2 hour process just due to the nature of the technical rescue," said Gawel. "Crews take these kinds of rescues very seriously. Safety is the utmost importance so they take their time ensuring that there's not going to be an additional collapse during the rescue."

He was finally freed just before 3 p..m. and taken to Denver Health for evaluation. He's expected to make a full recovery.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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