UPDATE: Trapped for nearly 3 hours, Worker unearthed after trench collapse in Riverton


SATURDAY 02/27/2021 4:27 p.m.

RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4) – A man was rescued after being trapped under a collapsed trench for nearly three hours, Saturday.

According to rescue crews, prior to 12:40 p.m,, a man was working inside the trench when it collapsed. Officers say the man was using the proper equipment necessary and the incident itself was a ‘freak accident’.

Officials say about 50+ crew members, multiple agencies and plenty of heavy duty construction equipment were needed to recover the trapped worker.

“We have multiple heavy rescue companies, and also vacuum companies here, vacuuming out rock, dirt, and mud-everything that is around him so we can get better access to pull him out,” shares Unified Fire’s Ryan Love.

Love says, initially the man was buried to his chest but with the help of multiple crews and agencies, the worker was unearthed.

The worker is believed to be in good condition and reports to have no physical injuries.

The cause of the collaspe remains under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY: Riverton trench collapses, worker trapped, police say

SATURDAY 02/27/2021 12:40 p.m.

On February 27, dispatch confirms that a trench has collapsed in the area of 13700 south Lovers Lane in Riverton around 12:40 p.m.

RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4) – Officers rush to the scene of a trench collapse where officials say a person is allegedly trapped, Saturday.

Officials say that it is believed a worker was ‘inside a piece of machinery’ when the trench collapsed.

Unified Fire and heavy rescue units are currently on scene assessing the incident. A medic helicopter is on standby.

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The cause and the condition of the person remains unknown at this time.

ABC4 will update as more develops.

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