LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - One person has been transported to a hospital after a fallen pipe trapped him in a trench.
About 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Longview Fire Department responded to 1114 West Harrison Road in front of Genpak to a report of a man being trapped in a 10 to 12-foot deep trench after a pipe fell off a machine.
Training and Special Operations Chief Andy Parker with Longview Fire Department said that the man was struck in the trench when they arrived at the scene. He said the man was conscious but was having trouble breathing. An oxygen mask was sent down into the trench and the man was able to put it on himself to assist his breathing. Three firefighters were put down into the 12-feet deep trench to secure the man and lift him out. He was put on a gurney and into an ambulance, and then taken to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries is not known.
Parker said the man was not a Longview city employee, but was employed by a contractor who was doing work on the side of the roadway in that area.
A representative with the company said the rescue does not involve anyone employed by Genpak.
Other details are limited at this time. KLTV has a crew en route and we will update this story with any new information we receive.