Light-rail construction worker rescued from hole

Rescue crews put a harness on a construction worker and pulled him out of a hole he had just dug near the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on Monday morning. He was taken to Regions Hospital with minor injuries.

A construction worker was rescued from a hole near the Minnesota State Capitol, according to police, WCCO reports. A machine operator for Walsh Construction, was digging holes about 3 feet wide and 8 feet deep for overhead power lines for the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project, WCCO says.

It was not immediately clear how he fell in the hole.

The worker was in his 20s, and the hole was more like 12 feet deep, KARE 11 says. KARE has images of the rescue from TwinCitiesFireWire.

The Star Tribune reports the man had just dug the very hole he fell into. The newspaper has video of the moment of the rescue. The worker limped to a nearby gurney, the Star Tribune says.

KSTP has a bit more from the scene:

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