Rescuers free workers trapped at construction site

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Two individuals have been transported to the hospital after authorities say soil collapsed on top of them, trapping them.

Dispatch received a call at approximately 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 in reference to an incident on a work site near Barnett Road in Wichita Falls.

According to officials, two men were installing pipes underground when the soil collapsed on top of them and trapped them.

The first victim was rescued quickly, according to our crew on the scene. However, a second victim was trapped from the waist down, and it took rescue workers approximately an hour to free him.

According to Wichita Falls Fire Department Chief Ken Prillaman, both men were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Having that kind of impact to your lower extremities, we didn’t want to take any chance that he wasn’t capable of walking on his own,” Wichita Falls Fire Department Chief Ken Prillaman said. “We just wanted to make sure we got him out of there safely.”

Two men have fire officials to thank after they were rescued Friday when a hole they were working in collapsed.

Both men are expected to be okay following this incident.

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