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Railway worker buried up to chest in soil after hole collapses

Railway worker crushed in hole Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man was buried in soil up to his chest this morning after a ten foot trench (three metres deep) collapsed when he was working on the railway line in Staffordshire.

Emergency Services were called to a part of the line in the Stafford area just before 4:00 this morning.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, had to be pulled out after the earth caved in around him.

Network Rail told ITV News Central this morning that the man is a contractor working for them and his injuries are "quite serious".

A Spokesperson from Network Rail said,

"This incident is of great concern to us, our thoughts are with this gentleman and his family and we and the Office of Rail Regulation will be looking into what happened because safety is our top priority - both that of our passengers and all that work for us."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesperson said,

"Crews were called to reports of a man who had become trapped in a hole that he had been working in.

It is believed that the sides of the hole collapsed around him which left him buried up to his chest by soil."

He had chest and back injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

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