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October 12, 2011 at 5:39 PM

UPDATE: Seattle firefighters free man pinned by machinery

UPDATE AT 5:39 P.M.: A man in his 20s suffered a head injury and leg and ankle fractures Wednesday after he was pinned to a concrete shoring wall by a drilling machine at a construction site on Seattle’s First Hill, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Department spokesman Kyle Moore said it took less than 10 minutes to free the man, who was trapped in a pit inside a parking garage that is under construction in the 700 block of Marion Street. The man’s feet were dangling about six feet off the ground, and firefighters freed him after helping him maneuver his body around part of the machine, he said.

According to construction workers at the scene, a chain broke, causing the drilling machine to lurch forward, pinning the man “between the wall and the machine” just before 1:30 p.m., Moore said. The man, who was alert and talking to rescuers, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

ORIGINAL POST, 1:41 PM:

From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Seattle firefighters extricated a man who was pinned against a wall by a piece of drilling machinery at a construction site at Seventh Avenue and Madison Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The department’s heavy-rescue team was called to the scene just before 1:30 p.m. and freed the man minutes later, though it was not immediately known if or how badly the man was injured. The incident occurred at a parking garage under construction, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the fire department.

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