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Overnight trench collapse near Tooele leaves construction worker in serious condition

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SALT LAKE CITY — One man is in serious condition after he and another construction worker were partially buried when a trench collapsed overnight.

Emergency officials responded to a construction site in western Salt Lake County near state Route 202 about 1:15 a.m., according to Unified Fire spokesman Ryan Love.

A construction crew was "working on a project late last night, and a trench collapsed on a couple of them,” Love said. “Luckily enough, there were crews standing by that were able to help get them out of the trench.”

The two workers were already extricated from the collapse when officials arrived, Love said. He estimates that they were trapped for less than 10 minutes.

One man, “who was buried up to the chest prior to his extrication,” was taken by ambulance to a local hospital in serious condition; the other worker involved refused transportation, Love said.

Contributing: Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio

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