• Man recovering after retaining wall collapse at Atlanta Falcons player's home


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A construction worker is recovering after he was trapped under a collapsed retention wall at the home of an Atlanta Falcons player.

    It happened about noon Tuesday at a Buford home on Camp Branch Drive. According to a records search conducted by Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh, the home belongs to Quintorris Julio Jones, wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. Records indicate he purchased the home in April.

    News Chopper 2 hovered over the home as emergency responders surrounded a trench to rescue the man.

    Rescuers say the retention wall collapsed, pinning a construction worker in a ditch. They say dirt and heavy concrete covered the lower half of the man's body.

    "We believe he had to have been face-down in the hole, a hole in about a six-foot-wide area lying flat," said Gwinnett County Fire Department Capt. Tommy Rutledge.

    Rutledge says the victim was able to communicate with rescuers.

    "Well, you don't often have the ability to communicate with the victim. We were fortunate that there was an opening. We could talk with him. We were very fortunate that he was conscious," Rutledge said.

    After an about an hour, rescuers freed the worker.

    He was loaded onto an ambulance and immediately taken to the hospital.

    People on the property at the time declined to comment.

    An Atlanta Falcons spokesperson says Jones is a private man, but a good man, and he will likely reach out to the injured worker to offer assistance.

    Emergency officials say they do not know what caused the wall to collapse. It could be attributed to recent heavy rain.

    The Gwinnett County Fire Department reported the accident to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is standard procedure.

    There is no update on the condition of the man, or the nature of his injuries. Gwinnett County officials have not released his name.

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