- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say four people have been rescued after being trapped in a gravel pit north of Albuquerque.

Sandoval County Fire Department Chief James Maxon said the four were trapped Thursday afternoon near the town of Placitas. He says two were rescued by 8 p.m. and transported to a hospital. The others were rescued overnight.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

He said two workers were buried up to their necks, a third up to the shoulders and the fourth up to the waist.

Maxon says the episode began after two workers got covered up to their necks in a collapse at the site. He said two other workers got caught in the collapse after trying to save them.

Barbara Goodrich-Welk, projects and external affairs manager at Vulcan Materials Company, says the collapse is under investigation.


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