Trench collapses in Queens; man rescued

Trench collapses in Queens; man rescued

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Emergency responders rescued a worker who was trapped when a trench collapsed Tuesday evening at a Queens construction site that was supposed to be closed.

The collapse happened at 119-02 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens at about 4:50 p.m., the FDNY said.

The man was stuck up to his waist in mud about 25 feet down for about two and a half hours, authorities said.

Workers freed him from the debris using a vacuum truck and a backhoe. The extraction took as long as it did because every time the responders cleared away some of the much, even more soil would collapse onto him, according to Fox 5's Mac King.

At 7:27 p.m., the FDNY Tweeted that the situation was "under control."

Medics rushed the man to Jamaica Hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable condition, the FDNY said.

Workers were doing excavation work at the site even though a stop work order was in effect there, according to the Department of Buildings.

"Inspectors have determined workers had failed to install proper shoring during this work, and this likely contributed to the collapse," Associate Commissioner Tony Sclafani said in an email statement. The department is investigating, he said.

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