Rescuers work to free man trapped in Manhattan debris

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Rescuers are working to free a man trapped about 75 feet underground at a Manhattan construction site Tuesday night with mud and debris up to his chest, officials said.

More than 130 New York City firefighters from 29 units were deployed to the location at Second Avenue and East 95th Street after the alarm came in at 8:32 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

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The man was conscious and his position was stabilized, the spokesman said at 10 p.m., but a lengthy operation was expected to be needed to safely free him.

The Associated Press reported the man was a construction worker and that a spokesman for Consolidated Edison had sent a vacuum truck to the scene that helps remove debris from manholes. It also reported that the accident happened in a Second Avenue subway construction site.

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