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Bend construction worker rescued from 40-ft. hole

By Kim Tobin
Published On: Apr 09 2013 03:46:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 07:54:47 PM CDT

Scary time for a Taylor Northwest worker Thursday afternoon when his earth-mover toppled into a 40-foot hole, prompting a rescue effort.

BEND, Ore. -

An earth-mover toppled into a 40-foot-deep ditch on a construction project in southeast Bend Thursday afternoon and a 90-minute rescue operation brought the apparently unhurt worker to the surface and on to the hospital, officials said.

The incident was reported around 1:50 p.m. at a Taylor Northwest construction site along Brosterhous Road just south of Murphy Road. Initial reports indicated that the operator was not seriously hurt.

Bend Fire brought in a rescue crew with a ladder truck to lower someone to the worker, as well as clean-up crews amid reports that the overturned construction equipment was spilling diesel fuel and oil into the ditch.

The earth-mover was reported secured after about an hour, allowing rescuers to use a ladder to climb into the hole and bring the worker out.

The Taylor Northwest construction worker was conscious, breathing and alert when he went to the hospital, officials said.

Firefighters said the operator was backing up and was unable to stop before it fell into the hole.

Bend Fire Capt. Don Segal said they were doing training with the same truck earlier Thursday, although above grade, "so it really cane in handy today for the situation that we had."

Brosterhous Road was closed at the Murphy Road intersection during the rescue.

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