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Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews free pipe fitter stuck in gravel

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Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue scrambled to save a pipe fitter trapped in a trench and buried waist deep in grave Friday afternoon.

While the current condition of the worker has not been release, crews said he was conscious and talking to them throughout the whole ordeal. 

The man was flown by helicopter to OHSU for treatment and observation.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m at a construction site near the 13,000 block of Southwest Roy Rogers Road.

Fire crews said the pipe fitter was working in a vault underground in a 15 foot trench. As he was working the gravel gave way all around him, trapping him in up to his waist.

His co-workers called 911 and tried to free him themselves, but couldn't.

Rescue crews said they spent just under an hour trying to save him, adding that the shifting gravel made things difficult

Crews say ultimately it was a vacuum truck from public works that was instrumental in this rescue operation. The truck wound up removing most of the gravel around the worker.

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