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Man freed after being trapped in trench for several hours

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 36-year-old man was finally freed after being buried in a trench for several hours after a wall collapsed on top of him in South City Sunday evening.

The man was working inside the trench in the 3300 block of Wyoming when it collapsed around 6:45 p.m. 

According to authorities, the man was trapped at the bottom of an 18-foot hole, with dirt up to his chest. 

Fifty additional firefighters had to be called to the scene to assist in freeing the man. 

According to city officials, the home's owner rented a backhoe and was attempting to work without a contractor, or a building permit, when the collapse occurred.

City officials said they have presented the homeowner with an order to stop work. 
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