Emergency crews respond to two people falling in trench

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) - Two people have been injured in a trench collapse.

According to officials, an Oakwood city employee was digging in a trench in the 200 block of Northview Road around 1:40 p.m. Thursday when he became trapped waist-down in debris, about six feet into the ground.

Two people were pulled out of the trench - the first person rescued was taken to Kettering Medical Center, according to authorities. The second victim, who was trapped for about two hours, was also taken to a local hospital. Both of their conditions are unknown at this time.

According to neighbors and first responders, construction crews had been working at the site to make repairs to the sewer line.

"Our basement gets flooded, the people across the street's basement gets flooded," said Mark Stoecklein, who lives in the neighborhood. "So they were fixing it."

Stoecklein was home Thursday when the trench collapsed right in front of his house.

"Just a whole bunch of sirens," he said. "And I thought my neighbor was hurt - that's why I came out."

Several agencies from across the area helped with the operation, which involved an estimated 50 people, according to Alan Hill, Oakwood's police and fire chief.

"What I can tell you is this is a safe and successful outcome," Chief Hill said after both people were pulled out of the trench.

The man who was trapped for two hours was able to get out using a ladder, Hill said.

According to officials, he talked with first responders during and after the rescue.

"When these incidents do occur, quick recognition, calling 911 gets the rescuers there as fast as possible, and that's usually what makes an outcome positive," said Michael Guadagno, Region 3 Strike Team coordinator and Washington Township Fire Department battalion chief.

Neighbors we spoke with said they're relieved crews were able to get both people out of the trench.

"It's kind of scary," said Sharon Liapis. "I felt really bad for whoever was trapped in there. We've never had anything like this ever."

Northview Road is expected to remain closed as crews work to make repairs there, Hill said.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, he added.

2 NEWS is following this story and we will keep you updated with the latest information as it is available.

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