Rescuers extricate man buried in dirt in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- A construction worker became buried in a load of dirt near the top of Golden Gate Canyon Monday afternoon.

It took rescuers a couple of hours to extricate him.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says he was below ground when the load of dirt fell on him. He was covered to between his waist and chest.

He was conscious and talking with rescuers while they worked to free him.

A medical helicopter took him to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. Officials did not release the nature or extent of his injuries.

The location of the rescue was almost at the top of the canyon just before Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

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