Worker rescued from trench collapse near NCCU football stadium

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Worker rescued after trench collapse

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A worker was freed from a trench collapse near NC Central's football stadium Tuesday morning.

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Just after 10:30 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a "structure collapse" near the stadium.

Chopper11 HD flew over the scene and saw a worker trapped in a trench collapse. The worker's legs were trapped, but his torso and head were above ground.

About an hour later, first responders successfully freed the worker. He was placed in an ambulance and driven to the hospital. He was conscious at the time of the rescue.

The worker's condition is unknown. It is also unclear at this time what caused the trench collapse.

Corvias, the company acting as the student housing project developer, issued a statement to ABC11 about the incident:

A construction accident occurred earlier today at a student housing construction site on the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Metcon, the design-build contractor and party responsible for construction activities on the project, is cooperating with incident investigators from NCCU and OSHA.

Corvias is acting as the student housing project developer, and has partnered with NCCU and Provident Resources, the project owner, on this important public-private partnership. We are deeply concerned about this matter and take it very seriously and will conduct our own safety and incident review.