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Rescue workers free individual trapped in Asheville trench

Rescue workers attempting to free individual trapped in trench
APRIL 20, 2021 - After several hours of digging, rescue workers were able to successfully free an individual trapped in a trench in Asheville. (Photo credit: Asheville Fire Department)

After several hours of digging, rescue workers have successfully freed an individual trapped in a trench in Asheville.

The worker was taken to the hospital after being freed.

The Asheville Fire Department was on the scene of a trench rescue off Osprey Trail that had one person trapped Tuesday afternoon.

Kelley Klope, the public information officer with the Asheville Fire Department, told News 13 a collapse had the individual trapped from the waist down.

The original call came in at around 2 p.m. When responding crews arrived they found the subject trapped from the chest down. Coworkers and emergency responders immediately started digging to help relieve the pressure on the individual's chest.

"The collapse of the wall just came right down on top of him and buried the subject from the chest down," said Klope.

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Rescue workers said the patient was stable, alert and oriented at the time of their arrival.

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Additionally, crews with NC Urban Search and Rescue and Task Force-2 were on the scene to help with additional rescue equipment.

"When we have a trench rescue, our biggest concern is to relieve the pressure from the body. Any type of compressed issues. So, as you can see behind me, we have a lot of resources in the area that we had to call in that is designed specifically for, whether it's a small trench or a large trench," said Klope.

The name of the individual is not being released at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back at wlos.com for updates.

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