Retaining wall collapses at Gwinnett Co. home

Retaining wall collapses at Gwinnett Co. home

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -

Rescuers freed a construction worker at a Gwinnett County home after a retaining wall collapsed on him on Tuesday afternoon.

Captain Tommy Rutledge says the Gwinnett County Fire Technical Rescue Team was called to the home on Camp Branch Road in Buford.  He says the man was trapped in a ditch along the back of the house, and he was pinned face down against the foundation of the home by a large piece of concrete and dirt. 

Technical rescue technicians were able to free the man using air bags to lift the concrete and shoring equipment to stabilize the area.  Rutledge says that was necessary to prevent any further collapse.   Firefighters used a small opening to treat the man and communicate with him until he could be pulled out. 

There's no word yet on the extent of the man's injuries.  Rutledge says he was being transported to the hospital, but is conscious and able to communicate with firefighters. 

Stay with FOX 5 and myfoxatlanta.com for updates.

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