Construction worker injured in trench collapse in South Portland

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May 27—A construction worker was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries after being trapped in a trench collapse in South Portland early Thursday morning.

Robb Couture, spokesman for the South Portland Fire Department, said the trench collapsed in front of Red's Dairy Freeze at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Cottage Road. The road was shut down after the accident and was still closed at 6 p.m., an emergency dispatcher said. Authorities are not sure when the road will reopen.

Firefighters responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. and used a ladder truck apparatus to lift the worker out of the hole, which was 12 to 15 feet deep. His co-workers, who were conducting an overnight dig in the roadway, were able to uncover the injured man from the trench, which partially collapsed.

"I was told he was conscious and alert when the ambulance left for Maine Medical Center," Couture said, adding that he did not know his condition.

Couture said the man worked for Dearborn Brothers Construction, a company located in Buxton. His name has not been released.