Worker injured after being trapped in a trench in Rye for hours

A masonry worker is pulled to safety after being stuck in a trench for hours.

Joe Malone, 66, was plucked from an eight-foot dirt trench in front of 140 Soundview Avenue in Rye after being stuck for more than two hours. Officials say the ground Malone was on gave way, trapping him. He tried to make his way out of the trench but dirt kept pouring in. They say Malone was trapped in dirt up to his waist with his legs pinned against the building he was working on.

As rescue workers began digging Malone out, all efforts were made to keep him cool. Workers say they had to do a lot of digging with their hands and small tools because the space was so small. Finally, rescue workers were able to free Malone with ropes from an overhead ladder truck.

Malone was taken to Westchester County Medical Center. His injuries are not considered life threatening.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating to determine exactly why the ground gave way.

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