The Dallas Morning News

Driver rescued after pickup plunges into constructi­on trench

- Marc Ramírez

A man who drove his pickup past a barricade and plunged 40 feet into a constructi­on trench in Irving came away with only minor injuries.

The incident took place just before 11 p.m. Friday, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported.

The Irving Fire Department’s technical rescue crew responded to the 800 block of West Oakdale Road, off MacArthur Boulevard and north of Interstate 30.

The driver, who authoritie­s said apparently ignored detour signs, said he didn’t see the barricade and plunged into the fortified, cylindrica­l trench where sewer work was being done.

Rescue crews were able to pull both the man and his truck, which had been partially submerged, out of the hole.”

He was awake and conscious,” said Irving Fire Department Assistant Chief J. Taylor. “The challenge that we had was that he was approximat­ely a 400-pound patient.”

Taylor credited the first Irving police officer on the scene with using a neighbor’s extension ladder to climb into the hole and keep the man calm until rescue crews arrived. He said they were able to attend to the man’s injuries and extricate him with a heavy-duty wrecker in less than an hour.

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