Man rescued after being trapped in excavation trench


photo courtesy: Battle Creek Fire Department

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Multiple agencies from around the Black Hills were able to successfully rescue a man trapped in a dirt excavation trench Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. on Nellie Lane in unincorporated Pennington County.

The man was buried waist-deep in the trench, which itself was 10- to 12-feet-deep. Battle Creek Fire Department immediately called for support, including Rapid City Fire Department Urban Heavy Rescue and Pennington County Search and Rescue.

A Rapid City Solid Waste Division vacuum excavation truck was used to assist rescuers, who were working in a tight space in 100-degree temperatures.

The man was freed and taken to a Rapid City hospital for treatment. His condition is not known at this time. There were no reported injuries to first responders.

Responding agencies included: Battle Creek Fire Department, Pennington County 911, Custer County Communications, Keystone Ambulance Service, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Fire Department-Heavy Rescue Team, City of Rapid City -Water Reclamation Division, Black Hawk Fire Corp, Black Hills Fire Chaplains, Rapid City-Pennington County Emergency Management, Black Hills Life Flight, Fairburn Volunteer Fire Department, local ranchers, and neighbors.


photo courtesy: Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, via Facebook

KEYSTONE, S.D. — On Monday, Pennington County Sheriffs Department reported a man trapped in a trench at a private residence on the outskirts of Keystone, S.D.

The incident was called in at 2:16 p.m. Keystone Ambulance Service and Battle Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded first, following by a call for specialized support from Pennington County Search and Rescue and the Heavy Rescue Team at the Rapid City Fire Department.

Name and condition of the individual are not available at this time. We will update with more information when it’s available.

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