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Trench collapses in Layton, man rescued from 8 feet under

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Posted at 8:46 PM, Jan 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-08 22:46:24-05

LAYTON, Utah – A man was buried and trapped for about an hour after a trench between 8 and 10-feet deep collapsed Thursday afternoon, and after crews rescued the man he was taken to a hospital.

According to a press release from the Layton Fire Department, the 30-year-old man was working in a trench in a residential area near Canyon View Drive; crews responded to the call just before 1 p.m.

The man was already between 8 or 10 feet below ground level when the trench collapsed. Crews from the Urban Search and Rescue unit responded, as did fire crews. Heavy equipment was brought in, and Layton City Public Works assisted.

It took about 45 minutes for crews to stabilize the trench, at which point they extricated the man.

The man was hypothermic on scene and was taken to a hospital. His exact condition was unknown.

According to the press release, “Layton Fire asked for assistance from Hill Air Force Base Fire to provide heating equipment to the scene to prevent hypothermia in both rescuers and the victim. Rescue efforts continued and at approximately one hour and 10 minutes crews extricated the entrapped victim from the trench.”

The release also thanked Layton Police and Public Works and the Kaysville and North Davis fire departments as well as the specialized Urban Search and Rescue crew.