Workers try to free man on Eastern Shore trapped in cave-in


Rescue crews from around Maryland were working early this morning to free a man trapped for hours in a collapsed trench at an Eastern Shore processing plant.

The cave-in occurred at a Tyson Foods Inc. processing plant near the Worcester County city of Berlin. The worker, whose name was not released last night, was laying pipe in a trench about 9 feet deep for a private contractor.

The cave-in occurred late yesterday afternoon, according to state Del. Bennett Bozman, a Worcester County Democrat and a member of the Berlin Fire Company.

The worker remained conscious as the rescue effort continued past midnight. Rescuers were attempting to dig the man out of the trench while shoring it up with plywood and timbers.

Several fire companies from around the state sent rescue workers to assist in the effort, and a medical team from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore flew in and was on the scene as the rescue effort proceeded.

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