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Man falls into open trench at National City work site

Publish Date: 2023/06/02

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — A construction worker was injured Thursday night while falling down a deep trench at a job site in National City, reports ABC10 News.

First responders arrived on the scene near East 30th Street and A Avenue shortly after 9:15 p.m.

It was unclear what events led up to the accident, but the incident occurred at a construction site that belongs to a planned city sewer system project. National City Fire Department officials said the worker fell into an open trench estimated to be about 6 to 10 feet deep. The victim was stuck waist-deep for multiple hours.

Firefighters arrived to find other construction workers attempting to help their co-worker.

Rescue crew members deployed large vacuum trucks to suck sand and dirt from the hole but were ultimately able to free the victim by placing a harness around his legs and torso and hoisting him out.

The victim, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to UC San Diego Medical Center where he is expected to make a recovery.

As city officials and the construction company investigate the cause of the accident, work at the site has been paused.

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