A construction worker was rushed to an area hospital, after a retaining wall collapsed on top of him Wednesday afternoon.
A 30-foot section of wall buckled down on an unidentified man at a car/pet wash construction site on Research Parkway around 3 p.m., fire officials said.
The worker was pinned between the wall and a dump truck, fire officials said. He was buried from the legs up, police said.
When firefighters arrived, they said workers were already performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR on the man because he went into cardiac arrest.
The worker was transported to Mid-state Medical Center by ambulance, and then flown by LifeStar to Hartford Hospital. The worker's condition is unknown at this time.
It is unclear what caused the wall collapse, however the heat could have played a factor in the collapse.
Work has been going on for several months at the site of a soon-to-be car/pet wash and it was in its final stages.
"It appears that they were digging to put in the curbing along the retaining wall," said Meriden police Lt. Sal Nesci. "And while they were digging along that curbing, it appears that retaining wall became unstable and then the retaining wall collapsed."
Meriden police and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the wall collapse.
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