Injured trench worker rescued in Clark County

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (KOIN) -- A worker was stuck 20-25 feet in a trench underground for an hour before he was rescued by Clark County Fire & Rescue on Monday. 

The worker was taken to the hospital for minor injuries, according to Clark County Fire. 

The man was one of many people working on a sewer project for Kennedy Farms Housing Development in Ridgefield. The construction site is located at Northwest Hillhurst Road and Northwest 229th Street. 

"They dug a big hole, did some shoring, and a man went inside to work on the big hole," said Tim Dawdy with Clark County Fire. "As they lowered some equipment in there there was an accident."

Dawdy said a piece of equipment hit the man, knocking him into the trench.

"They stablized the patient, waited for the special rescue team to get here applied the special equipment, and were able in about an hour to get him extricated out of the hole safely and into an ambulance," Dawdy said.

A successful rescue but definitely a scary experience, according to Dawdy.

"I think that he was in a lot of pain and he was inured," Dawdy said. "He was in the hole, the weather was bad, he had a pretty traumatic experience."

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