A contract worker who was trapped Tuesday afternoon when a trench collapsed near the new fire station on North West Street in Hillsboro was clinging to life later in the day.
Paint Creek rescue and EMS personnel were called to the scene shortly before 3 p.m., said Branden Jackman, Paint Creek firefighter and spokesperson.
A medical helicopter was called to the scene, but remained in the parking lot of the fire station as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. Jackman said the victim was transported to Highland District Hospital.
The work being done was part of a sewer replacement project near the fire station. City workers were also on the scene, along with the Hillsboro Police Department.
The Hillsboro station of Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District was alerted to a subject trapped in a trench collapse near the intersection of Beech Street and North East Street in Hillsboro at 2:53 p.m. Responding crews were on the scene and assessing the situation within 60 seconds, said Jackman.
Squads 222, 223 and Rescue 232 responded to find a 26-year-old male contractor almost completely buried by a partial collapse of a trench, said Jackman. The worker had been hired by the city to help in a storm sewer replacement project.
Officers from the Hillsboro Police Department had arrived on scene, and members from HPD, Paint Creek fire, city employees and construction company employees all worked in a concerted effort to free the victim from the entrapment, said Jackman.
Michael Sowards, the on-scene commander, requested Med Flight aeromedical transport within three minutes of arriving on the scene to ensure availability once the subject was freed.
Four minutes after Med Flight arrived at the accident location the subject was freed from the entrapment. The victim was pulseless and not breathing, said Jackman. Paint Creek’s on duty crew, assisted by the flight crew from Med Flight, transported the patient to Highland District Hospital by ground.
Resuscitation efforts continued, and a pulse was detected, Jackman said later. The victim was then transferred via Med Flight helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital.
Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire was assisted on scene by the Hillsboro Police Department and street department employees, members of the construction crew and Med Flight 9, said Jackman.