FALLSTON, Md. (WJZ)– A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being rescued from a Harford County trench Wednesday.
The victim was on a job with other construction workers when he suddenly became trapped inside a trench some time before 11:30 a.m.
The incident occurred in the 2000 block of Fallsgrove Way off of Oakmont Road in Fallston.
Officials believe the man was digging a hole to install equipment underground. It’s unclear why the man became trapped in the trench or how the dirt collapsed on him.
First responders say the man was covered to his chest in dirt before being rescued at about 100 feet behind the property.
“It’s extremely dangerous for the victim, he’s being surrounded by dirt which can really weigh on your organs and on your bones and there could definitely be some internal injuries,” Harford County Fire & EMS spokesperson, Jennifer Chenworth said.
The man was airlifted to Shock Trauma after being trapped for about 40 minutes.
The construction site was never officially closed after the incident, and work has resumed.