Construction worker in stable condition after trench collapse buries him in mud

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 22:58:36-04

KEW GARDENS, Queens (PIX11) – A construction worker was rescued in Kew Gardens, Queens Tuesday night after a trench collapse caused him to be trapped in mud up to his waist, said the FDNY.

Two brothers were working at 119-21 83rd Avenue. The man that was trapped was identified by his brother as Marco Castellon.

Castellon became stuck around 5pm Tuesday, 25 feet down a hole. It took a little more than 2 hours for rescuers to free him.


Firefighters work on rescuing man trapped in the Kew Gardens trench collapse. (FDNY photo)

The FDNY described the rescue as complicated and dangerous. Walls had to be stabilized before any digging could be done.

“Once the Con Ed vacuum truck got here, that speeds things up tremendously,” said FDNY Chief Richard Portello.

A paramedic had only minutes during the operation to go down to the worker to stabilize him.

“When I went inside, I’m only allowed for a certain amount of time. I had to start an IV, do treatment for pain and treatment for crush syndrome,” said FDNY Rescue Paramedic Greg Brady.


According to the Department of Buildings there is a stop work order at the site. It was issued back in February. The construction work Tuesday was in violation of that. The DOB said the dirt walls of the excavation site were not properly supported, causing the collapse.  DOB records show the property is owned by Mushe Nisimov. A spokesperson said Tuesday night, Kings Builders has plans to build a two story home on the site.

Marco Castellon, 36, was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Officials said he was in stable condition and complained of leg pain.