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25-year-old pinned under crumbling concrete plant

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack; Janell Oliver and Tony Cotten

A 25-year-old man spent more than three hours trapped in the rubble of an old concrete plant that collapsed Tuesday morning on Fendley Mill Road.

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Officials at the scene found Brandon Mynhier alert and communicating with rescuers after the structure collapsed about 8:25 a.m. in the 2900 block of Fendley Mill Road in La Grange.

Maj. Keith Smith, spokesperson for La Grange Fire and Rescue, said Mynhier was trapped beneath a 10-by-25 foot piece of the wood timber and metal structure.

After three hours of diligent rescue efforts, crews emerged from the rubble with Mynhier about 11:45 a.m.

Oldham County Police Chaplain Jim Powell said Mynhier was alert and in good spirits. Mynhier suffered minor cuts and scraps and a leg injury.

Officials had a helicopter standing by to airlift Mynhier to University Hospital in Louisville.

Smith said two men hired to dismantle the structure were working with blow torches and chainsaws when the braces for the hopper located at the front part of the structure collapsed.

Mynhier worked at the bottom of the structure while his co-worker, Andy Ross, worked at the top.

Smith and crews from Oldham County EMS first arrived on scene after a neighbor called to report the collapse.

Crews from La Grange Fire and Rescue, North Oldham Fire, South Oldham Fire, Ballardsville Fire, Harrods Creek Fire, Louisville Metro Fire and a team specializing in heavy machinery rescue worked to stabilize the structure in order to free Mynhier.

The plant, known as the Freeman Ready Mix Concrete Plant, is more than 50 years old and has been abandoned at least a decade.

At one time, the company cast concrete cattle watering tanks and concrete burial vaults.

Publisher Tony Cotten also contributed to this story from the scene. E-mail us about this story at: editor@oldhamera.com.