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Worker rescued after collapse at home of Falcons player

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.


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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.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — 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.

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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.

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.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — Gwinnett County firefighters walk back to their vehicles after responding 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.

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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Comments

kevin 11 months ago

The details about the purchase of this house is so meaningless. Who cares about what he bought and how much he paid for the house. How is the poor worker doing and why was such a house needing such repair?

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FordGalaxy 10 months, 4 weeks ago

One can only assume that the GDP was trying to bring in the celebrity aspect of it. Why? They'd have to tell you. This was a genuine human interest story, with most readers concerned about the health of the worker. But there's also the real estate speculation market to consider, and surely there's someone out there more concerned with house prices than another person's well-being.

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notblind 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm glad to see info like that published. Makes me wonder why Gwinnett county thinks many of the homes around me increased in value dramatically. The increases range from $34K to $63K.

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