The teenager rescued from a sinkhole Thursday evening at Uta Halee Academy is expected to be OK after being treated for her injuries, an official said Friday.
The 14-year-old girl was sitting on a concrete curb behind the Uta Halee administrative buildings at 10625 Calhoun Road about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Wheeler. She felt the curb begin to crack, he said, and as she stood up, the ground beneath her gave way. She fell into a hole 12 to 15 feet deep. Dirt and concrete fell on top of her, trapping her, Wheeler said.
Ponca Hills Fire Chief Joel Sacks said a section of concrete, about 3 feet by 4 feet, landed on her legs. Sacks said recent heavy rainfall likely contributed to the instability of the ground.
Crews entered the hole and used airbags to remove the concrete from the girl's legs, said Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick. Omaha Fire Department crews removed the girl from the trench using a rope. She had been in the hole for about an hour.
The girl, who Wheeler said suffered a broken arm and a head injury, was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center by the Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department.