At 3 p.m. on Thursday, emergency crews were dispatched to rescue a utility worker trapped in a trench on Broadmeade Drive. When crews arrived on the scene, they discovered that a Southern Pines utility worker was buried from the waist down in sewage but was responsive.
The man was working in an 8-foot deep trench when a sewer line broke, and the rushing water caused the walls of the trench to cave in around him.
While crews worked, a team from the American Red Cross arrived on-site and set up a tent to provide relief for the team as they worked in the heat.
The man was treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital in stable condition.
The units that were on the scene were Southern Pines Fire & Rescue, Aberdeen Fire & Rescue, Pinehurst Fire & Rescue, Pinebluff Fire Department, Fort Bragg Fire Department, Southern Pines Police, Moore County EMS, and the American Red Cross.
~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Brenda Fowler.