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Worker rescued from trench collapse in Pittsfield Township

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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - A construction worker is recovering in an area hospital after being rescued from a trench collapse in Pittsfield Township today.

While digging a trench along the foundation wall of a single family home, the man, 53, was buried up to his chest after a large portion collapsed in the 6500 block of Maple Road at 3:05 p.m..

The worker was approximately eight feet below ground level, was trapped from his waist down but was conscious and alert.

The Washtenaw County Tech Rescue Team and Pittsfield Firefighters, totaling 44 personnel, had the victim removed in about three hours. He suffered injuries to his legs.

After shoring the unstable trench wall, dirt was removed from around the victim by hand, shovels, and mostly by utilizing a Pittsfield Township Utilities Department vacuum truck. A second truck was provided by the Saline Utilities Department.

Huron Valley Ambulance and technical rescue team paramedics provided care to the man, who was transported by Survival Flight, still conscious and talking.

Pittsfield Township police closed South Maple Road several times during the incident for emergency vehicles and as a precaution while Survival Flight landed.

The threat of rain and potential high wind gusts were monitored by the Washtenaw County Director of Emergency Services during the incident. 

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