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Worker safe after trench caves in

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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) –A frightening entrapment in Lowndes County Wednesday afternoon, crews were extending a sewer line when a trench caved in.

One of the workers was trapped, buried from the neck down.

This is video of Morgan Tyson after workers miraculously rescued him shortly after three this afternoon. You can see here he's alive and even tried to pull himself up the ladder.

"I'm just glad he's alive," said witness Karen Bennett.

He was trapped for close to two hours after a trench caved in on him at the intersection of Highway 41 and Kings Way.

"When I got there his head was uncovered," said Bennett.

It happened outside of Ameri Med. Karen Bennett saw a police man inside the hole called for nurse who she works with. "He's an RN. Jerry Newman and he ran out here and got in the hole told me to get oxygen."

Community members and workers began digging him out.

Firefighters from Valdosta, Lowndes, Hahira the Georgia Search and Rescue Team and even a vacuum truck from Valdosta were called out.

"The vacuum truck in trench rescue is becoming the way to do it," said Capt. Ken Gallagher with GSAR. "You shore up the trench then you put people in there to start digging and the fastest way to remove that dirt is with the vacuum truck."

When rescue workers got there, Tyson was trapped from the waste down ten feet below.

Tyson is currently in the emergency room. His family is with him. They say he has some injuries including rib fractures.

Tyson is okay. He works for Southern Allied Contractors.


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