Archive for Monday, August 16, 2010

Man hospitalized after trench collapses in rural Douglas County

A Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crew heads back to their fire engine after helping free a man that was injured in a trench accident Monday afternoon west of Baldwin City. A helicopter ambulance was dispatched to the area. More details as they become available.

A Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crew heads back to their fire engine after helping free a man that was injured in a trench accident Monday afternoon west of Baldwin City. A helicopter ambulance was dispatched to the area. More details as they become available.

August 16, 2010, 4:23 p.m.

Updated: August 16, 2010, 7:09 p.m.

A 27-year-old Burlingame man was flown to an area hospital after he suffered injuries because of a trench collapse Monday afternoon in rural Douglas County, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.

Emergency officials do not believe the man’s injuries were life-threatening, the undersheriff said.

The man, Joseph Succi, an employee of ATC Inc. of Tecumseh, was working to replace tubing on the dam of a pond at 733 North 100 Road when dirt from the side of a trench gave way.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and sheriff’s officers were called about 3 p.m. to the scene about 10 miles west of Baldwin City.

Hornberger said the dirt struck the man and pinned his legs for a short period of time. The man was out of the trench when responders arrived.

The man suffered unknown injuries and was flown via a helicopter ambulance to an area hospital, Hornberger said.

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