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A trench caved in outside a Lexington home Tuesday, trapping a worker up to his armpits.
There were 17 emergency vehicles at the home on Siesta Cove in the upscale neighborhood known as The Island, so the worker for a remodeling company was in good hands, many hands, after the trench he was working in collapsed around him.
Battalion Chief Randy Gilliam of the Lexington Fire Department tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "They indicated they'd been digging this hole for two days by hand. It was all muddy clay, very difficult to work in. Apparently there was a foundation problem, and they were trying to stop a water leak in the basement.
When asked just how much danger the worker was in when first responders arrived, Gilliam said, "Any time you're trapped with that much weight on you, there is the potential for danger. He was very fortunate that he wasn't injured any worse than he was."
The 39 year old worker, Kevin McHone, was given oxygen while trapped and was able to communicate with his rescuers throughout the ordeal. The battalion chief says, "He was alert all during the process, and hopefully there's minor injuries if any. The only complaint he had was that he was starting to chill so we put up a tarp to hold the heat in. We tried to raise the heat level in that trench just to maintain his body temperature."
McHone's co-worker was too emotionally distraught to talk to reporters, but he, too, was breathing easier after watching rescuers finally remove McHone from the trench, get him quickly to an ambulance and transport him to UK Hospital for observation.
The entire rescue operation took almost exactly two hours. The accident happened at the home of Kathy Ryan whose husband, Michael, was killed in the crash of Comair Flight 5191.