Worker Trapped On Friday Identified

Lucas Morel of Norwalk, CT was trapped for two hours when the walls of a trench collapsed on him.


Clarkstown Police have identified the worker stuck for more than two hours in a collapsed trench Friday afternoon as Lucas Morel, 21, from Norwalk, CT.  He was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, no further information is available. Morel was employed by Rain King Basement Systems of New City.

On Friday at 1:25 p.m., the Clarkstown Police and other emergency services responded to 13 Germonds Road in New City to aid a worker trapped in a six foot deep trench with mud up to his chest. Morel was caught when the walls of the trench in which he was working collapsed on him.  He was reported to have been conscious when rescued. 

Police report the incident is still being investigated and no charges have been filed in connection with the incident. 

The Nanuet Fire Department, Rockland Regional Technical Rescue Team, Pearl River Fire Department, Nanuet Ambulance Corps, Rockland Paramedics, Clarkstown Police Department, Clarkstown Building Department, Orange & Rockland, Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) and STAT Flight all assisted in extricating Morel. The West Nyack Fire Department handled the landing zone and Spring Valley Fire Department stood by for Nanuet in case of any emergencies. 

Editor's Note: The Clarkstown Building Department said a building permit is not needed for foundation work. 

Joan K November 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
It is refreshing to read that a worker didn't hit a gas line and cause a big explosion.
stephany November 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
they must have called and had the utilities marked out or that would be a violation of something. with all the people standing around couldn't one snap a shot of the trench. we got pictures and video of everything and everybody but the actual reason they were there--nah who wants to see that.
Robin Traum (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Stephany Most likely, the immediate area around the trench was restricted to emergency services workers and that is why you cannot see it clearly in the photos. Robin
Harold Straut November 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
You can go to the Nanuet Fire Dept. website at nanuetfd.org to read the story and view pictures
Marcos Mess November 27, 2012 at 02:22 AM
It looked like it was real close to the house.... my guess... footing drains
Rob November 27, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Is it that important stephany...Really---seriously...your concerned not seeing a photo of a trench when this poor guy almost lost his life...Get a life.
stephany November 27, 2012 at 05:59 AM
thanks Harold--looks like he should have had,or clarkstown should have required a permit for that. my guess is that clarkstown/rockland will now require it. late to the game as usual.
Bob Tyson November 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Stephany, The town does require permits but even if one was or wasn't issued this would still have happened as they don't stand over all contractors that have permits. The worker was in a trench deeper that 5' without shoring which is against OSHA rules. Between you and Joan I guess complaining about something is more important than being concerned about wether the worker will lose his legs or suffered any other injury.
Watchdog November 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Bob..where did you read that Stephany and Joan were not concerned about the welfare of the worker? This incident was not an accident, more like negligence. when you dig footings for a deck the Town comes and makes sure that they are the proper depth so it is natural for someone to question the role of the Town in this instance without getting attacked. BTW I did not see anywhere in your writing that you were concerned?
Clarkstown life November 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
'Late to the game as usual' is another slap at clarkstown for no reason by the crew who loves to rip the town at every turn......like the town made the trench collapse
stephany November 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
and you are never late to the game as long as everyone's profile is at your disposal
stephany November 28, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I would like to formally request that clarkstown get a life be banned from accessing my profile if that is possible.he is abusing the privelege all he does is go click and post. it is too easy. at least make him work for it. I suggest everyone who is plagued by cgetalife do the same.when he gets a new identity I will make the request again.
stephany November 28, 2012 at 02:29 AM
@bob when i posted that there was a special notation at the end of thid s article http://newcity.patch.com/articles/injured-man-extricated-from-trench-in-new-city that said CLARKSTOWN DOES NOT REQUIRE PERMITS FOR FOUNDATION WORK. I t was told to the patch by someone in the building dept i believe It has since been removed,probably at the behest of the CBD don't read stuff into my comments
Clarkstown life November 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Stephany,....the fact that I comment on articles of mutual interest does NOT mean I care about you or your profile.....however, the fact that you make continuous nonsensical comments....I must add some sanity and balance to your complete ignorance
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