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Construction worker rescued from 'muck' after four-hour ordeal

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A worker, with black fire helmet at left, is rescued from an MTA subway construction project in New York early Wednesday.

NEW YORK -- A construction worker was rescued from an underground trench at the site of the Second Avenue subway construction project after being stuck in mud for nearly four hours Tuesday night.

The worker became trapped at about 8:30 p.m. ET -- in what firefighters at the scene described as "muck" -- from the waist down inside the trench about 75 feet below street level, FDNY officials said.

Rescuers from the FDNY, NYPD and Office of Emergency Management responded to the site at 95th Street and 2nd Avenue and got the worker out by around 12:30 a.m. ET.

Vacuum systems, pulleys and plywood were brought down into the trench during the rescue effort, with crews switching shifts at one point.

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The worker is said to be in stable condition. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and one firefighter sustained a serious injury, officials said.

Streets were closed for several blocks around the area as crews worked at the scene.

In August, a controlled blast at the Second Avenue construction site sent rocks flying into the streets when steel plates covering the blast failed.

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