Two workers rescued after trench collapse in Lake Geneva

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Gazette staff
September 11, 2014

LAKE GENEVA—Construction workers and emergency workers dug with hands and shovels after a trench collapsed on two workers Thursday morning, a Lake Geneva Fire Department spokesman said.

Their work paid off. Both men were “alert and oriented” after being stabilized in ambulances.

“That was a good sign,” said Capt. Mark Moller-Gunderson of the fire department.

Firefighters were called at 10:43 a.m. to the site, where a highway bridge is being rebuilt at the intersection of highways 50 and 12, Moller-Gunderson said.

A section of a berm collapsed and trapped the workers. Fellow workers were digging when rescue units arrived, Moller-Gunderson said.

A helicopter took one of the victims to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville. An ambulance took the other victim to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn.

Moller-Gunderson said one of the men had debris around his head when crews arrived, while the second man had more of his head free.

Moller-Gunderson referred a request for the men's names to Lake Geneva police, who did not immediately respond.

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