LYNDHURST TOWNSHIP, NJ – A cemetery worker was trapped when a plot collapsed on his body on May 5, according to NY Post.
The 59-year-old man was preparing a burial at Lyndhurt’s Hillside Cemetery. The man became trapped in an 8-foot-deep grave when he jumped into it.
He was taking measurement when the sides of the grave fell and became trapped up to his knees.
His coworkers heard his calls for help and notified authorities since he had to be rescued.
Lyndhurst police Sgt. Vincent Auteri stated that the workers, “Did not utilize any shoring when they were digging the grave,” and “He decided to jump in nevertheless.”
The grave worker was freed from the grave after 25 minutes by authorities and he was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after complaining about back and chest pain.
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