NEW MADRID - Three New Madrid city employees are safe following a job-site accident Friday.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, Richard Bodi and Tyler Tindle were digging in a trench along Route U and Kingshighway when a dirt wall collapsed, pinning them.
According to a news release issued by the city of New Madrid, Bodi had dirt up to his neck and was having difficulty breathing from the pressure against his chest. Tindle, who was also pinned, was able to break free and began digging out Bodi removing the earth from around his upper body.
Bodi credited co-worker Tindle with saving his life.
A third worker, Steven Lewis, was injured in the rescue attempt.
New Madrid County Ambulance personnel were called to the scene along with sheriff's deputies, city police and other city workers.
One of the victims was taken by Air Evac to a hospital for treatment and the other two were taken by ambulance. All were treated and released by Friday afternoon.
"Today we have received a wake-up call," said City Administrator John Gilbert, who also responded to the accident scene. Gilbert stated the city would immediately re-evaluate its safety policies and use of safety equipment.
"Our employees are our greatest asset and we can not and will not compromise on their safety," added New Madrid Mayor Donnie Brown.