Firefighters rescue two injured workers from Elgin trench

  • Emergency responders rescued two men from a trench in Elgin Friday afternoon one worker fell off a ladder, injuring the other.

    Emergency responders rescued two men from a trench in Elgin Friday afternoon one worker fell off a ladder, injuring the other. courtesy of ABC 7

  • Two workers suffered serious injuries after one fell on top of the other Friday in an Elgin trench.

    Two workers suffered serious injuries after one fell on top of the other Friday in an Elgin trench. courtesy of ABC 7

  • A man fell off a ladder and landed on his co-worker Friday in Elgin.

    A man fell off a ladder and landed on his co-worker Friday in Elgin. courtesy of ABC 7

  • Rescue workers used ropes and pulleys to raise two injured workers from an Elgin trench.

    Rescue workers used ropes and pulleys to raise two injured workers from an Elgin trench. courtesy of ABC 7

 
 
Updated 10/20/2017 6:42 PM

Firefighters pulled out two workers from a trench Friday afternoon in Elgin after one man fell from a ladder and landed on the other man, authorities said.

The men were contractors digging huge trenches to put in a natural gas pipeline off Mccornack Road near Big Timber Road, Elgin Fire Department Batallion Chief Rich Carter said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"They were about 20 feet down in the bottom of the trench," Carter said. "They were both injured."

Fire rescue personnel were lowered into the trench to tend to the workers' injuries, which were serious. Both men were pulled out manually with ropes and pulleys, Carter added.

"It took us about 40 minutes to get them out of the trench," Carter said.

The men were taken to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter.

Several neighboring fire departments responded with rescue personnel, including Pingree Grove, Hampshire, Bartlett, and Rutland and Dundee townships.

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