2 workers rescued after trench collapses in South Dakota

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:20 PM
2 workers rescued after trench collapses in South Dakota

HERMOSA, S.D. (AP) — Two workers in western South Dakota were rescued after being trapped for hours when a trench they were digging for a sewer collapsed.

The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1QyOfZF ) reports that a 31-year-old man was pulled out about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken by ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

About 45 minutes later, the second man, who is 63, was removed from the ground. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

The men were digging the trench in Hermosa, about 20 miles south of Rapid City, when the embankment collapsed around noon, trapping them up to their waists.

Rescuers slowly dug the men out of the trench, sometimes using a jackhammer and other times bucket-by-bucket.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com