The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A trench for sewer workers collapsed Monday in suburban Portland, and one was buried to his waist in the 15-foot hole.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the worker was removed from the hole in the afternoon after spending more than three hours in the dirt and mud.
The man was alert during the ordeal, but reported having trouble feeling his legs.
The Oregonian reports that the worker received oxygen and sports drinks during the rescue while crews shored up the walls and suctioned dirt from the hole.
The collapse happened in Cedar Hills in Washington County, where the workers were replacing a sewer line. Rescuers from Tualatin and Portland responded to the scene.