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Gwinnett County firefighters respond to the scene where a construction worker was trapped in a ditch and was believed to be pinned face down against the basement wall of the house by a large piece of concrete and dirt in Buford Tuesday. The man has been transported to the hospital and his injuries are unknown at this time.
Construction worker rescued
Gwinnett County Police Department's Public Information Officer briefs the media about the rescue of a construction worker who was trapped in a ditch and was believed to be pinned face down against the basement wall of the house by a large piece of concrete and dirt in Buford Tuesday.
BUFORD — Emergency personnel rescued a construction worker Tuesday who got trapped while doing foundation work at the new home of Atlanta Falcons superstar wide receiver Julio Jones.
Gwinnett County fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said technical rescue personnel were called to “the private residence” on the 3100 block of Camp Branch Road — later determined to be the $1.25-million, Mediterranean-style mansion purchased by Jones last month — just after noon on Tuesday. A construction worker, who has not been identified, was trapped after a retaining wall in the rear of the home collapsed.
“(The man) was in a ditch and believed to be pinned face down against the foundation wall of the house by a large piece of heavy concrete and dirt,” Rutledge said. “He (was) conscious and able to speak with rescuers.”
Technical rescue technicians used airbags to lift the concrete and other equipment to stabilize the surrounding area, Rutledge said. At about 1:20 p.m., the construction worker — who was doing foundation work in the ditch along the back of the home — was extricated.
”The trapped worker is now freed and is being transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries,” Rutledge said. “He was conscious and able to communicate with firefighters.”
Officials said the extent and severity of the victim’s injuries were unknown Tuesday afternoon.
“Because of the crushing type situation that the man was in,” Rutledge said, “firefighters were concerned with the potential for internal injuries.”
Tax records show Jones, who will play his third season with the Falcons this fall, purchased the nine-bedroom, seven-bath home in mid-April. The 2013 Pro Bowler managed to get the 8,800-square-foot behemoth, once valued at more than $2.3 million, off the market for a paltry $1.25 million.
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