PONTIAC — A man who was trapped after a hole caved in was rescued Wednesday evening in Pontiac, but whether he was injured was not released.

The Pontiac Fire Department was called about 3:25 p.m. to 702 Countryside Lane where a man was trapped in a hole between the sidewalk and the street in front of the residence, just south of Illinois 116 and about half a mile west of Old U.S. 66.

After more than 3½ hours, rescue workers were able to dig him out and pull him to safety about 7:05 p.m.

The man, whose name has not been released, was working for Popejoy Plumbing and Heating when the dirt caved in and he became trapped. Popejoy is based in Fairbury and has an office in Pontiac.

A technical rescue team from the Normal Fire Department and emergency units from other local agencies were called in to help dig him out.

Normal Battalion Chief Ed Collins said the team made contact with the trapped man when they first arrived and he was conscious and talking.

Emergency personnel said hypothermia could be a concern.

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