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Pineville Man Buried Alive

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A Pineville construction worker is the hospital Friday, after an accident left him buried alive for more than twenty minutes. It happened in Pineville as the man was trying to make repairs on a bridge. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane was at the scene earlier, and he shows us how the workers life was saved.

The mans' name has not been released yet, because his family still has to be notified. But he is alive after a scary situation that could have turned out a loss worse.

Johnny Childress lives right next to this bridge on live oaks drive.

"I noticed some vehicles coming past the house at a high rate of speed," said Johnny Childress.

And earlier today, he watched as a rescue happened here.

"They had plenty of people on sight and I didn't want to get in the way, I just offered any assistance that they might need and there wasn't any I could offer," said Johnny Childress.

Last month, this bridge was washed out when heavy rains buckled the concrete, making it impassible. So Friday morning, construction workers were out making repairs when something went wrong.

I came out and saw the fire department arriving, ambulances arriving so I walked down to the scene and there appeared to be a cave in," said Johnny Childress.

A construction worker was buried under the rubble for more than twenty minutes, waiting for medics to finally arrive and pull him to safety.

"He was in some pain and moaning but he was conscious," said Johnny Childress.

And he was alive, Pineville's Fire Department gets a lot of the credit for the successful recovery.

"The main extraction was done by Pineville fire department, they handle any type of emergencies as far as cave-ins or industrial accidents that do happen they have a special tact team that comes out and responds to that so that's who handled the major part of it," said Lt. Darrell Basco.

Childress says he's thankful that the worker is okay, especially since the man was doing work to help him.

"Once they get it finished it will be like a perfect road and were looking forward to that because this constructions been going on for several weeks now," said Johnny Childress.

Again, the man's name has not been released to us tonight, but we're told he's in the hospital in good condition. As far as the bridge, I'm told it will be several more weeks until it is completed.


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