Police: 1 dead after Emergency crews called to Dixie Highway for trench rescue
Police say dirt collapsed on the two men while they were working on a sewer line and one man was dead when crews arrived on the scene.
"Behind the structure is what we call a spoil pile -- it's where you dig out any trench and pile the dirt up -- and then you've got the actual trench that he's in and the spoil pile sloughed off into the area they were working," Assistant PRP Fire Chief Dan Vanover explained.
When officials began to rescue the man, they say he was doing fine and talking to paramedics. He was in the dirt up to his waist when rescue workers found him.
Vanover said the man was surprisingly calm despite the challenges crews faced during the rescue.
"There was a concrete slab -- we couldn't secure it -- but we had to figure out a way to keep it from moving so it wouldn't collapse onto the patient or injure a rescuer we were going to send in the hole," Vanover explained.
Another concrete slab was then found on the man's leg. Even so, Vanover said the man found a way to keep his mind off of what was happening around him.
"He was also helping us rescue him. He's helping dig himself out," Vanover said.
After the survivor was taken to the hospital, crews remained on scene to recovery the body of the man who was killed.
The man was finally freed from the dirt about 7 p.m. Thursday and taken to the hospital.
Numerous rescue squads and personnel were on scene including seven different fire departments to continually rotate people in and out during the rescue effort.
Smiley says LMPD's homicide division is conducting a death investigation into the incident. An official with Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health was also at the scene investigating. The names of the men have not been released.
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