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Man rescued from trench in Fayetteville

Posted May 14, 2014

— A man was rescued Wednesday after being trapped in a 10-foot trench off Raeford Road in Fayetteville.

Firefighters and other emergency personnel worked for more than two hours to shore up the trench and free Alfred Norris, 56, who was buried up to his neck in dirt.

Norris had been checking a hole being dug by a co-worker when the trench, next to a Lowes Home Improvement store on Good Middling Drive, collapsed.

Both men work for Superior Lot Clearing Inc. in Vander.

Norris was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, according to Fayetteville Fire Department Battalion Chief Ronald Lewis.

Lewis said representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the trench collapse.


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  • evadbbat May 14, 2014

    A happy ending. We need more of those!

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 14, 2014

    Prayers!! Gotta be protected while laying pipe.

  • Forthe Newssite May 14, 2014
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    GREAT news, so glad he's been rescued.....

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg May 14, 2014
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    so glad he was rescued. Sounds like there was no Health & Safety Plan in place with appropriate barriers preventing a cave-in.

  • Brenda Lynch May 14, 2014
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    People refuse to believe it will happen to them. Until it's too late. Be safe and protect yourself. No job is worth your life.

  • Andy Hairston May 14, 2014
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    Is that 10-foot figure the length, width, or depth? Agree with fireman1963 and abwhite88 - barriers are required when holes are deeper than a certain depth.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 14, 2014

    Oh God, I pray he is alright and will be rescued safely.

  • Amy Smathers May 14, 2014
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    Saying prayers....

  • Forthe Newssite May 14, 2014
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    sure are a lot of bad events happening around caving in ground-WVa, Turkey, and now this.....

    Hope this person is rescued and not just recovered.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg May 14, 2014
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    I hope it's a true rescue and not a recovery.