- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

CENTERVILLE, Utah (AP) - A 34-year-old Utah man is counting his blessings after he was partially buried by a wall of dirt that collapsed on him while excavating a pool in Centerville.

Luke Marti suffered a shattered pelvis, severed spleen, a broken collar-bone and ribs, but still managed to dig himself out of the mess on Wednesday.

Marti was buried from the knees down. The unstable situation kept rescuers at bay for nearly an hour. He told KSL-TV (http://tinyurl.com/lzl8hmn) from his hospital bed at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray he had to dig for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds to keep from passing out.

He says the thing that kept him going was the image of a portrait of his family. He’s expected to be released from the hospital on Friday.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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