Archive for Monday, August 16, 2010

Man flown to hospital after trench collapses in rural Douglas County

August 16, 2010, 4:03 p.m. Updated August 18, 2010, 9:43 a.m.

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N. 100 and E. 750
One injured in trench collapse

One man was flown to an area hospital Monday after a trench he was working in collapsed, pinning him temporarily. A condition update for the man was not available Monday evening, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Enlarge video

Medical personel carry an injured man to a Life Star helicopter after he was injured while working in a trench Monday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2010, o land near East 750 Road and North 100 Road in rural Douglas County, west of Baldwin City. The man was working on a dam for a pond.

Medical personel carry an injured man to a Life Star helicopter after he was injured while working in a trench Monday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2010, o land near East 750 Road and North 100 Road in rural Douglas County, west of Baldwin City. The man was working on a dam for a pond.

A 27-year-old Burlingame man was flown to a Topeka hospital after he suffered injuries in a trench collapse Monday afternoon in rural Douglas County, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.

Emergency officials don’t think the man’s injuries were life-threatening, the undersheriff said. The man, Joseph Succi, was working to replace tubing on the dam of a pond at 733 N. 100 Road when dirt from the side of a trench gave way.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and sheriff’s officers were called about 3 p.m. to the scene, about 10 miles west of Baldwin City.

Hornberger said the dirt struck Succi and pinned his legs for a short period of time. He was out of the trench when responders arrived.

Succi was flown via helicopter ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center, where a spokeswoman said no information about his condition was available Monday night.

The sheriff's office is investigating whether Succi was employed by the company in charge of the construction site.

Comments

WiseOne 4 years, 7 months ago

When his legs were pinned for a short time, his injuries were believed to be NON life threatening and he was out of the trench when responders arrived-- why was this person still life flighted to a hospital? So many people are life flighted and than treated and released I just have to wonder what this does to insurance companies???? Or to people without insurance?? As if an ambulance ride isn't expensive enough.

Shane Garrett 4 years, 7 months ago

Was he working alone? How deep was the trench? Did the trench have step back cuts or did it require shoring? Who called the county rescue team? Will ATC notify OSHA? These and other questions need to be asked.

dncinnanc 4 years, 7 months ago

He was life flighted due to internal injuries, it was a large HEAVY load that essentially crushed the lower half of his body... please refrain from questioning the expertise of medical professionals who are doing their job. This is my little cousin, and was in the ICU all night but is currently in stable condition.

Jessie Stoltenow 4 years, 7 months ago

dnc~ I'm so sorry to hear that this is your cousin! I live out by there and have admired the work on this large pond. I hope he comes out of this ok!!

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