Temple emergency crews rescue worker from hole

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews in Central Texas have rescued a highway worker from a 20-foot hole by extending a firetruck ladder to help ease him to safety.

Temple Fire and Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal (PECK'-al) says the worker suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening in Monday's accident. He was transported to a Temple hospital. His name wasn't immediately released.

Pechal says the worker was climbing down a ladder into the hole, which was reinforced with a corrugated pipe, when he slipped and fell to the bottom.

Rescuers strapped the man to a gurney that was attached to a line connected to the firetruck ladder, which then lifted the victim from the hole.

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