One man hospitalized after trench collapse on Westland in West Knox County


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – One man has been taken to the hospital following a trench collapse in West Knox County on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say he was conscious and initially in stable condition after being rescued by workers and emergency teams.

Rescue and emergency crews responded to the trench collapse in the 8500 block of Westland Drive just before 3 p.m. The location is a residential construction site.

Rescue crews confirmed to WATE 6 On Your Side a rescue mission was underway just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

According to Knox County Rescue Deputy Chief John Whited, the patient, who was not being identified, was inside the trench at the time of the collapse.

Whited said prior to emergency crews arriving on the scene, workers had dug the man out. Knox Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad and Rural Metro Fire – Knox County teams helped to extricate the man.

WATE 6 On Your Side digital reporter Cameron Jacobs witnessed the man being carried out by crews and being transported to the hospital.

The cause of the trench collapse was being investigated.

Knox Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad and Rural Metro Fire – Knox County, American Medical Response (AMR) Ambulance and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the rescue.

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WATE 6 On Your Side is working to learn more and will update when additional details are made available from officials and personnel at the scene.


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