Trench rescue in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A trench collapse on the Southern Connecticut State University Campus Tuesday sent four workers to the hospital to be being checked for injuries.

The collapse happened at 10 Wintergreen Ave., near Fitch Street at 9:15 a.m. That is on the SCSU campus near the West Campus residence hall. Workers on the scene began digging the trapped workers out by hand before firefighters arrived.

Tweets from the New Haven Fire department described the scene when firefighters arrived.

“Eng 15 65 three workers trapped with workers tryin to dig them out,” said one Tweet.

“Sq 2 Three ppl up to there waist in Sand…” said another.

According to an SCSU spokesperson, the workers were doing excavation work to replace a corroded steam line to the West Campus residence complex. It’s near the Wintergreen building and the Moore Field House. Traffic is backed up in the area.

All four workers were taken to hospital for evaluation, “but any injuries are not expected to be life-threatening,” the university said in a statement.

“When the collapse occurred around 9:15, two workers climbed out themselves, a third required minor assistance and the fourth was extricated with the help of fire department equipment,” Patrick Dilger, Director of Public Affairs, said in a statement.

The university said on Twitter that no students or school employees were involved in the collapse. The four worked for Connecticut Boiler Co.

Crews from Hamden were also called in by New Haven to assist with the rescue effort.

OSHA has been called to the scene to investigate what happened.

Wintergreen Ave. was closed during the rescue operation but is now back open.

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