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Two workers trapped in Pacific Palisades trench; one rescued

Workers try to rescue a man who remains trapped in a trench in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Martha Groves / Los Angeles Times

One of two people trapped in a trench in Pacific Palisades was rescued more than an hour after firefighters were called to the scene.

The victims may be construction workers who were excavating the trench with backhoes at 200 Temescal Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters were assisting in the rescue, with helicopters circling overhead as neighbors watched from hilltop homes.

Rescue workers said the men were stuck about 6 feet below ground.

One man was pulled out of the trench at 2:58 p.m. Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper said his "vitals are fine." Paramedics stabilized him and drove him by ambulance to the beach, where he was met by a helicopter and airlifted to UCLA Medical Center.

Temescal Canyon Road is closed at the accident site.

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Photo: Workers try to rescue a man who remains trapped in a trench in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Martha Groves / Los Angeles Times

 
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