Worker rescued after becoming trapped in dirt trench in Morris

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Worker trapped in Morris, rescue effort underway
Chopper7HD over the scene of a rescue for a worker who became trapped in dirt in Morris, Illinois.

MORRIS, Ill. (WLS) -- A worker was rescued Monday after he became trapped while digging a sewer trench in Morris, Illinois.

A construction crew was digging the 7-and-a-half-foot-deep trench for a residential building in the 1900-block of Mountain Road when a dirt wall collapsed around 11:24 a.m., the Morris Police Department said. A worker inside the trench was pushed into the opposite wall.

Police said the 49-year-old worker was conscious, alert and talking throughout the incident. He was pulled from the trench just before 1:30 p.m.

The victim was airlifted to a hospital in "stable" condition, police said.

The Morris Fire Department and approximately 20 other agencies responded to the scene, police said.