Md. Crews Rescue Worker From Underground Tank

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A man working in a 10-thousand gallon underground tank who became injured and couldn't get out of the tank had to be rescued, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, rescue units received a report of someone trapped below ground in the 1200 block of East-West Highway. The units discovered a man who had been working in an underground tank near the Blair East Apartments. He had somehow become injured, and although his injuries were not life-threatening, they prevented his getting out of the tank.

After taking readings and doing other safety tests, two Montgomery County Fire/Rescue personnel went into the tank. The rescuers were able to get the injured worker into a harness. He was removed from the tank and taken to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.

No information is available at this time about the nature of his injuries, how he was injured or what he was doing in the tank. The name of the company he works for is not known at this time.

Republished with permission of WUSA-TV.