Woman trapped by overturned forklift at Habitat for Humanity project

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A construction project for Habitat for Humanity nearly turned deadly Tuesday afternoon when a forklift tipped over on a woman, trapping her for more than 30 minutes.

The Rapid City Fire Department says workers were using the forklift at the project near the corner of Lemmon and North avenues.

Workers say the lift's tires gave way in the mud, tipping over and trapping the woman who was working on the project.

Freeing the woman wasn't easy.

"They utilize some chalk, some wood cribbing; the winch on the front of fire rescue 3 to stabilize that piece of equipment," Rapid City Fire Department's Lt. Jim Bussell said. "And then they use lift bags, air bags that they inflated with the same bottles that we wear on our back for breathing and structure fires. They connect those to the air bags and they were lift the equipment high enough so they were able to pull the patient out."

The victim was taken to Regional Hospital with serious injuries.