According to Orange County officials, the incident happened around 10 a.m. on South Columbia Street and Medical Drive.
Officials said a passerby heard someone yelling and called officials.
Construction accident @UNC 🚧— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) July 9, 2019
Reports of two workers trapped in a pipe. Eyewitness tells me two people were put on stretchers and rushed to nearby UNC Health. S. Columbia and Medical Drive will reopen shortly. Incident happened across from School of Pharmacy. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/wzN3OEW5ZY
A UNC spokesperson said the contractors were repairing a utility vault in front of Elisha Mitchell Hall when a fortifying beam fell on them and trapped them inside of a hole in the ground.
Chopper11 HD was over the scene as rescue crews pulled them out.
They were taken to UNC Hospitals; their conditions are unknown.
UNC Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations Jonathan Pruitt released the following statement:
"This morning, two construction contractors were rescued after a fortifying beam fell on them at a repair site at Medical Drive and South Columbia Street. The project is focused on repairing a utility steam vault. Thanks to the swift response from UNC Police; Chapel Hill Fire Department; Orange County Emergency Services and UNC Environment, Health and Safety, the men were conscious when they were pulled out and transported to UNC Hospitals. We appreciate the quick and collaborative efforts of the first responders."