SOMERS, Conn. (AP) _ A man has died after falling headfirst into a well in Somers.

WFSB-TV ( reports that the accident happened Wednesday afternoon during what a routine well-drilling operation. Officials are unsure of the accident’s cause but think a 60,000 pound truck on top of the soft soil could have caused the ground to buckle.

A huge hole was formed, the TV station says, and an unidentified worker fell into the 12-foot hole.

Deputy Fire Chief Frank Falcone, Jr. says a second worker tried to remove his partner but couldn’t. He called for help and it took rescue crews about three hours to reach the man. They had to pump out water that was covering the hole and contend with unstable ground that collapsed when rescuers went in.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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