COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A construction worker was trapped underground for more than three hours Sunday after the trench he was working in collapsed on top of him.
The man became trapped after a piece of asphalt gave way about 11:15 a.m., piling dirt in the 12-foot deep trench in the 7200 block of Ivy Street.
The dirt buried up to the man's waist and fire crews had to take dirt out with buckets.
The man was conscious and spoke to rescuers from the South Adams County Fire Department and North Area Tech Rescue during the rescue.
Johnny Rodriguez was walking by with his family when he saw the rescue.
"The neighbor guy, he pulled up," Rodriguez said. "He just started digging and digging. He started to see [the man's] little fingers in the dirt. So he knew where he was and he dug around him. He dug his face out. He spit out all of the dirt out of his face."
The man, who was not identified, was freed about 2:30 p.m. He suffered lower-body injuries but was in stable condition.