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UPDATE: Two saved from trench in New Cumberland

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 06:51 PM CDT
Written by: Donna Kirker-Morgan


Two men working to rehabilitate the New Cumberland Sewage Facility were injured on Tuesday, when one worker fell 15 feet onto the other worker. The Municipal Sewer Plan is on 12th Street.

The incident was called out as a “trench collapse” at around 10 a.m.  Crews from the region responded, along with a rescue team from the New Cumberland Army Depot, which brought in a special basket lift to pull the one worker out of the pit.

The Cumberland County Public Information Officer  John Bruetsch says that one man was cutting a cement wall when he fell 15 feet onto the other worker who was down in the pit.  The man who fell had the most serious injuries.  The other worker was able to climb out of the pit by using a ladder.

Mayor D.J. Landis watched the crews work and said it was “intense” to see how gently they pulled the man out of the pit.

The rescue took just over an hour and Bruetsch said it was an example of how training pays-off for emergency crews.

Names of the workers were not released at the scene. They work for Wickersham Construction.

Written by: Rachel Snody (

Crews are on the scene of a trench rescue in New Cumberland.

The rescue happened at the Waste Water Treatment plant on 12th Street. Officials tell us the rescue was successful and two people were saved.

Check back for updates. UPDATE: Two saved from trench in New Cumberland

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