Contractor partially buried in trench collapse freed by firefighters, transported to hospital

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City firefighters have freed the contractor that became buried up to his waist in a trench collapse along Monroe Avenue Wednesday.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 11:42 a.m.

A tweet from the Kansas City Fire Department describes the rescue as a result of  a 'direct collapse' in an area with mud.

The trench was described as 12-feet deep.

The contractor was described as alert without any serious physical injuries during the trench rescue efforts. Firefighters even tossed him a shovel so he could help dig his way out of the trench.

Battalion Chief James Garrett initially said it could take anywhere from one hour to six hours to get the man out of the ditch because crews are being very cautious in their rescue efforts.

FOX 4's Sean McDowell reported that the man was being treated for hypothermia about an hour and a half into the rescue.

A property manager said the man was working on a water line between buildings when the trench collapsed.

Around 2:20 p.m., authorities said the man had been freed from the trench and was being transported to a hospital.

OSHA was seen investigating the scene later in the day. The city says the complex did have a general plumbing permit for the work.

Firefighters are on the scene of a trench rescue Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Firefighters are on the scene of a trench rescue Wednesday, Nov. 30.