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Man trapped in trench on Indy's east side rescued after several hours

Emergency crews said the man had been trapped in a trench near South Mitthoefer Road and Rawles Avenue.

INDIANAPOLIS — It took hours for emergency crews to a man trapped in a trench on the east side of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon.

The victim was working at a construction site near South Mitthoefer Road and Rawles Avenue, near U.S. 40, when he became trapped. 

The Indianapolis Fire Department said 36-year-old Adam Collar was installing sewer lines in a five-foot-deep trench when he became trapped under several feet of dirt. 

First responders from Indianapolis and Hancock County worked to free the trapped man.

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

According to an Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson, Collar told the first firefighters at the scene he was "fine" but that the dirt was heavy and that he had lost feeling in his legs.

IFD said Collar was able to create a space around his head so he could breathe. Crews pumped heated air into the hole to keep him warm. 

Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

After an extrication effort of 3 hours and 23 minutes, Collar was freed. 

Medics transported Collar to Eskenazi Hospital where he was checked for injuries and released. IFD said he did not have any broken bones or hypothermia.

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