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Rockland first responders free construction worker trapped under rubble

Heather Steeves | BDN
Heather Steeves | BDN
Rockland Fire Department personnel work to remove an unidentified man from debris after the pavement gave way at a construction site on Limerock Street in Rockland on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.
By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A construction worker became trapped under pavement and rubble Wednesday afternoon while doing repairs for the city on Limerock Street.

The worker, who was not identified, was walking around the construction site by Main Street when the earth beneath him crumbled, according to Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan.

The man was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital after being dug out.

Employees at Harold Warren Construction have been repairing Rockland’s sewer lines and water system for weeks and had dug a large hole on Limerock Street. The worker was walking by the hole when the street let go about 2:30 p.m., Jordan said.

The worker then became stuck under the pavement that fell on him. His legs were further crushed by cobblestones that fell on him from an old road that was paved over.

“By the time we got there he was freed of the debris, but he was in the trench. We went down and got him on a backboard and brought him up with a basket,” Jordan said Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the incident.

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