Worker rescued at Phoenix water treatment plant

PHOENIX - Firefighters from three departments responded to a call of a worker hurt at a north Valley water treatment plant Wednesday morning.

According to information released by the Phoenix Fire Department, the call was received around 8:30 a.m. from the plant located near Interstate 17 and New River Road.

Authorities say a 44-year-old male worker was vacuuming a charcoal-type product out of a concrete tank when his back locked up.

The worker was unable to climb out of the tank and technical rescue crews from Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria were called to extricate and treat the worker.

The water is taken from Lake Pleasant where it is piped to the treatment plant for filtration. The plant provides drinking water for the city of Phoenix.

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