DETROIT – A 50-year-old Detroit man was rescued on a Monday evening when a trench fell on him, ending his 2nd leg, according to Fox 2 Detroit. Aaron White excavated a sewer line with a collaborator when the soil moved under them and White fell in the trench.
Members of Detroit Fire Department worked for nearly four hours to pull White from the trench. In the end, it released about 8 p.m. Monday. The rescue took so long because crews had to ensure that the ground was stable enough to support rescue staff.
White was taken to a local hospital for treatment for hypothermia. During the rescue, he needed oxygen and pumped hot air into the trench.
An initial investigation shows what caused the accident that the hole for the sewer line was not being dug properly and that the walls around it were not stabilized.