Local construction worker buried alive

A 38-year-old construction worker from Purvis remains hospitalized tonight after being buried for several minutes under tons of dirt.

It happened around 9 a.m. at a construction site on Lois Lane in Lamar County. The unidentified worker and another man were digging a ditch for drainage pipes when the dirt wall collapsed, trapping him in a 7-foot-deep ditch.

A nearby backhoe operator was able to remove some of the dirt, but it took workers, ambulance EMTs, firemen from the Northeast Lamar Volunteer Fire Department and Constable Paul Amacker to dig him out using their hands and shovels.

Some say he may have been buried up to seven minutes. Officials say the man was unresponsive at first but emergency personnel were able to revive him.

No word on his condition tonight.