Man rescued after trapped in trench near 130th St. and Hawthorne Court

Authorities blocked off the scene for hours
Posted at 10:30 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 23:23:11-04

Omaha Fire Rescue crews have rescued a 23-year-old worker out of a 7-to-8 feet deep hole after he was stuck for almost seven hours in the mud Tuesday near 130th and Hawthorne Court.

The man was identified as 23-year-old Andrew Johnson.

OFD officials said the rescue call came at around 9:45 am Tuesday.

According to OFD, Johnson, a utility worker was making sewer repairs at a home, when the hole he was working on collapsed.

Officials said when Johnson was first trapped, he was buried up to his knees. 

Officials added that Johnson was fully awake and talked to the rescue crews and assisted with his own rescue.

He is a worker with a local company called Utility Trenching Inc.

For a time, OFD crews were pumping oxygen down to the man for quality air.

They added that hypothermia was a concern during this rescue.

Johnson's family arrived in the area later in the afternoon. 

In addition to OFD, Omaha PoliceOSHA and MUD crews assisted with the rescue. 

The area was blocked off for a time.