The construction site on Cottage Road in South Portland where a worker was trapped when a trench collapsed early Thursday morning. Staff photo by Michele McDonald

A construction worker was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries after being trapped in a trench collapse in South Portland early Thursday morning.

The trench collapsed in front of Red’s Dairy Freeze at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Cottage Road, said Robb Couture, spokesman for the South Portland Fire Department. The road was shut down after the accident and was still closed at 6 p.m., an emergency dispatcher said. Authorities are not sure when the road will reopen.

Firefighters responded to the accident around 4:30 a.m. and used a ladder truck apparatus to lift the worker out of the hole, which was 12 to 15 feet deep. His co-workers, who were conducting an overnight dig in the roadway, were able to uncover the injured man from the trench, which partially collapsed.

“I was told he was conscious and alert when the ambulance left for Maine Medical Center,” Couture said, adding that he did not know his condition.

Couture said the man worked for Dearborn Brothers Construction, a company located in Buxton. His name has not been released.

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