PORT JERVIS – Rescue crews were dispatched mid-afternoon on Saturday to assist with a construction site accident in a road excavation area on Route 6/East Main Street in Port Jervis.
Port Jervis Fire Department, assisted by Sparrowbush Engine Company, lowered rescuers into a deep hole that is part of schedule work on a closed stretch of the road to remove an initially reported unconscious subject who was believed to have heavy concrete on him. Upon arrival on the scene, it was found that the victim was helping to remove concrete pylons when one become unstable and landed on him.
The worker was estimated to have been working at a depth of 15 feet in the hole at the time the accident occurred, just after 3 p.m. He was assisted by his colleagues until rescuers arrived and were able to raise him by stokes basket and ropes to the surface.
Port Jervis Ambulance and other medical personnel treated the victim at the scene. He was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla for treatment, with his condition unknown as of late afternoon.
That stretch of the road was scheduled to remain closed for continuing work until August 6.