Trapped Worker Now Recovering

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By Neil Doyle

A man’s condition is unknown after being rescued from a trench hole in Pontiac.

Pontiac Fire Chief Jacob Campbell said crews were called Wednesday at 3:19 p.m. after a man got trapped in a hole in the 700 block of Countryside Road. Campbell said the man was stuck from the waist down and another man was inside the trench hole attempting to free the victim.

Emergency crews rescued the man at 7:16 p.m. Authorities said he was taken to OSF St. James in Pontiac, then was life flighted to OSF Saint Francis in Peoria. The man’s identity and condition are not available.

Some reports indicate the man was working when he got trapped in the hole. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Pontiac Fire was assisted by Duffy Ambulance Service, Pontiac Police Department, Pontiac Wastewater and Treatment Plant, Pontiac Street Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Forrest Fire Rehabilitation Unit, MABAS 41 Technical Rescue Team, MABAS 25 Technical Rescue Team, OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center EMS Department, and OSF Life Flight.

Cullom and Flanagan-Graymont Fire Protection Districts, as well as, South East Livingston County Ambulance Service (SELCAS) provided emergency coverage during the rescue operation for the City of Pontiac and the Pontiac Rural Fire Protection District.