Workers rescued after trench collapse in Delaware Co.

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — Two men were taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after the trench in which they were working collapsed.

Delaware County EMS said the two men were partially buried in the trench for about an hour and a half until they could be freed from the dirt.

The owner of the new house at 2633 River Road, in front of which the trench was dug, said the two men were workers for Jamison Well Drilling and Pump Services, laying loops for a geothermal HVAC system.

According to Delaware County EMS, the men were digging about six or seven feet deep in the trench, which was not properly reinforced on the sides, when it partially collapsed. EMS and the homeowner said one man was buried up to his waist and the other man was buried up to his chest.

In aerial video from Chopper 4, dozens of emergency workers can be seen using shovels to dig the men out of the ground. One man is taken away by stretcher to a medical helicopter. Delaware County EMS said both men were flown to a hospital. Their identities and conditions were not known as of Tuesday afternoon.

NBC4 called Jamison, the company on the scene, but as of 5:15 p.m. there were no additional details about the incident.

 

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