The old house collapsed and two workers were trapped in the rubble. The structural technician suggested to remove the iron corrugated board first, and the search and rescue operation continued.

(Provided by Taichung Fire Department)

[Reporter Xu Guozhen/Taichung Report] In the alley of Taiwan Boulevard in Central District, Taichung City, it was reported that an old house collapsed and an industrial safety accident occurred. At present, two workers were buried alive and trapped. The search and rescue dogs continued to sniff and initially detected the location of the two workers. , Rescuers found the feet of the suspected buried workers under the rubble, but they have not yet been contacted to help them escape, causing the family members to worry and suffer.

It is understood that the crime occurred in two adjacent 2-storey old houses, No. 5 and No. 7 in the alley. Today, No. 7, which has been demolished, is going to be rebuilt. The foundation was dug today. When the excavator entered the site, No. 5 suddenly collapsed. , 3 workers were crushed in the rubble, and the worker surnamed Cai was squeezed to the wall of the No. 9 building next door. Although he was rescued quickly, there was no sign of life, and he was sent to the hospital for emergency treatment.

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The fire department sent search and rescue dogs, a total of 3 people and 2 dogs, to the scene to search. After sniffing, the location of the 2 trapped workers was initially detected. However, the firefighters were worried that the use of large machinery may cause subsequent collapse and cause secondary injuries to the trapped workers. It can be emptied one after another with destructive tools, and then the bricks and iron sheets can be removed manually. It was reported earlier on the scene that the feet of the trapped people were found, but so far they have not been able to contact them to help them escape.

Seeing the time passing by, the families of the trapped workers suffered greatly. During the excavation and search and rescue, the iron sheet on the top floor of No. 5 suddenly slipped. The structural technician suggested that the iron corrugated board should be removed first.

Firefighters removed debris with bare hands.

(Photo by reporter Xu Guozhen)

Search and rescue operations continue.

(Provided by Taichung Fire Department)