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PORTLAND-- Emergency crews rescued a man who was trapped under rubble for 3-1/2 hours after a utility trench collapsed in Washington County, fire officials said.

The accident was reported just before 11 a.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Southwest Bowmont Street. Three men were working to replace a sewer line when the trench collapsed.

Two of the men escaped, but the other was buried in the hole, estimated to be about 14 feet deep, said Piseth Pitch of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

The two workers who escaped uncovered the trapped man's face and he was quickly breathing again, witnesses said.

Paramedics provided intravenous fluids and gave the man oxygen while crews worked to remove the dirt around him.

Emergency responders pulled him above ground just after 2:30 p.m., but could not tell how badly he was injured.

He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. His name has not yet been released.


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KGWreporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.

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