POLICE and safety inspectors are investigating after a man was seriously injured at Stafford’s Network Rail depot in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The man suffered chest and back injuries when a trench he was working in collapsed around him, trapping him up to his chest.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to the Network Rail depot on Brunswick Road shortly before 4am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a doctor to the scene.
An ambulance service spokesman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man, believed to be in his 50s, 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.
“Crews used a spinal board and specialist equipment to free him from the hole.”
Three fire crews were also called out to help in the rescue, but ambulance staff had managed to free the man before they arrived at the scene.
The ambulance spokesman added: “Once out, medics anaesthetised the man, who was suffering from crushing chest injuries and a back injury, before taking him to University Hospital North Staffordshire.
“The hospital was pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the arrival of the man.”
A British Transport Police spokesman said they had been alerted, and a health and safety investigation was now being carried out by the Office for Rail Regulation’s rail accident investigation branch.