- Associated Press - Monday, August 21, 2017

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Emergency crews have rescued two men who were buried in dirt up to their hips after a trench collapsed at a residential construction site in suburban Detroit.

Chesterfield Township Police Chief Bradley Kersten says the two men apparently were digging a foundation and preparing to pour concrete when a trench wall caved in about 2:45 p.m. Monday.

Both men were alert and conscious and talking to rescuers until being freed. One was pulled out around 5:30 p.m. and the other about 45 minutes later. Both men were transported to a hospital. Their names haven’t been released.

Kersten says the rescue was complicated by its location along a canal that left the dirt unstable and very moist.

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