Construction workers rescued from trench collapse at Byrnes High School- QHN

DUNCAN, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – Firefighters and other emergency officials rescued two workers trapped at a school construction site in Spartanburg County on Friday morning.

The two contract construction workers were trapped when the walls of a trench collapsed at 10 a.m. outside James F. Byrnes High School on East Main Street. Police confirmed no students were involved in the incident and the building is secure.

First responders rescued two construction workers from a trench collapse outside Byrnes High School.

Barry Frost, the chief of Duncan Fire Department, said crews had to stabilize the walls in the trench and dig the two men out. One man was trapped from the waist down and the other was trapped from the shoulders down.

Multiple ambulances and fire trucks from the following agencies were on scene: Duncan, Taylors, Cowpens, Startex, Poplar Springs, and Westview-Fairforest fire departments.

A medical helicopter landed on the school’s football field to airlift one of the workers to Spartanburg Regional hospital.

A helicopter landed at James F. Byrnes High School after construction workers were injured in a trench collapse on Friday.

Another worker was loaded onto a stretcher and transported to the hospital by ambulance. It took just over two hours for both men to be rescued.

Both were awake and alert when rescued, officials said. Frost said both men are lucky to be alive.

Melissa Robinette with Spartanburg School District 5 discusses trench collapse at Byrnes High School, trapping two workers.

McKnight Construction is the company handling the project. The company declined to comment when FOX Carolina reached out for more information about the incident.

Construction is underway on a major addition to Byrnes funded by a bond referendum passed last year. Crews are working to add a new wing to the school and 42 new classrooms. Phase two of the project began this fall and is expected to last until July 2024.

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