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Public utility worker trapped in trench has been freed

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UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.: Shawn Michael Marie was finally freed at 4:25 p.m. this afternoon, about three hours after a trench he was working in caved in on him. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center for treatment. See Wednesday's Rome News-Tribune for more on this harrowing event.

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.: The man trapped in the trench is 25-year-old Shawn Michael Marie, a Floyd County Water Department worker, according to his wife, Madison Marie. He has been with the water department for about two years, she said.

The last she heard from rescue personnel was he still had one leg stuck in the dirt and they were wanting to make sure another cave in didn’t occur in getting his last leg free, she said.

She said she was told that an 18-wheeler had driven by and the trench caved in.

His wife stood by as rescue personnel worked, making calls as she worried for her husband.

UPDATE - 3:15 p.m.: A backhoe has been brought in to help free the man trapped in a trench after the trench collapsed on the worker.

UPDATE - 2:39 p.m.: A Floyd County public works employee is trapped in a trench just west of the Huffaker Road and Shorter Avenue intersection. Rome-Floyd County rescue firefighters, along with police, Floyd County EMS personnel and public works employees for both the city and county, are working to get him out. He reportedly has his lower body trapped in the trench due to dirt falling around him. A city public works vacuum truck is working to suck out dirt from the trench. Firefighters have made wooden contraptions to help in the process. Both east and westbound lanes of traffic on Shorter Avenue are being rerouted down to a single lane around emergency vehicles. This story will be updated as details become available.

2:14 p.m. - Rome Floyd 911 dispatch reported a Floyd County Public Works employee has been trapped after a trench collapsed in on him just before 1:30 p.m. on Shorter Avenue near Huffaker Drive. RN-T's reporter on the scene says the man is buried up to his waist but is conscious and alert. The county has called in equipment from the Public Works' grounds on Vaughn to help extricate the man.