NJ cemetery worker trapped for nearly half hour after grave collapses

A New Jersey grave digger was trapped this week when a plot collapsed on him as he prepared it for a burial, police said.

The 59-year-old employee had to be rescued Tuesday at Lyndhurst’s Hillside Cemetery from the 8-foot-deep grave that he jumped into as he and coworkers were getting ready for a funeral, NorthJersey.com reported.

“They did not utilize any shoring when they were digging the grave,” Lyndhurst Police Sgt. Vincent Auteri said. “He decided to jump in nevertheless.”

As he was taking measurements, the sides of the grave collapsed, trapping him up to his knees, according to the report.

Other employees heard him calling for help and alerted authorities, who were able to free him after about 25 minutes, the outlet reported.

He was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after complaining of back and chest pain, the report said.

“His breathing was never in jeopardy,” Auteri insisted.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified about the workplace accident.

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