Men rescued from collapsed trench

Published: August 30, 2007 | 6668th good news item since 2003

Two men accidentally buried up to their torsos in dirt were trapped for three hours Saturday while firefighters dug them out of a caved in trench.

The men became stuck in the nearly three-metre deep hole after dirt they’d piled at its side slid back in, around 3:45 p.m.

“The two were badly pinned, pushed against the wall and finding it very difficult to breathe,” said Toronto fire district chief Stephan Powell.

Three other men helping to dig the trench – in order to waterproof the foundation of one of the men’s homes – escaped unharmed.

Three rescue crews freed the men, who were taken to hospital with bruising to their lower bodies.

This is the second time people had to be rescued from a trench in the last week.

Powell said the public should take precautions with this type of work, like ensuring the hole is large enough and not working alone or else, simply hiring a professional.

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