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Man rescued from cement mixing drum, Wisconsin officials say


A maintenance worker became trapped inside the drum of a concrete drum, Wisconsin officials said.

Madison Fire Department

Wisconsin firefighters rescued a maintenance worker who they said became trapped inside the drum of a concrete mixer truck.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Monday August 1 in Vienna, about 85 miles west of Milwaukee. The Madison Fire Department said his heavy urban rescue team had been called in to help after the man became trapped.

Officials said the man fell into the empty drum while carrying out maintenance work. Although it did not contain cement, the drum was moving when it fell inside, firefighters said.

The truck was stopped before Madison Fire Department arrived, and paramedics entered the drum through an access hatch to provide medical attention, according to a news release. The hatch wasn’t big enough for the man to get out, so firefighters widened the opening with their plasma cutter.

The man, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, was extracted from the mixing drum around 11 p.m., firefighters said. He was taken to a local hospital, where his condition is unknown.

Mike Stunson covers real-time news for McClatchy. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 and previously worked at the Paducah Sun and the Madisonville Messenger as a sportscaster and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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