Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:42:39 GMT
Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.Full Story >
Opening statements in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial began Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt...Full Story >
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
He was nearly buried alive after a trench collapsed on top of him, but on Tuesday night, a Gresham man shared his incredible story of survival.
"It makes me appreciate things more. It does," said Danny Russu.
Russu was part of a three-man crew replacing a broken sewer main at a home on Southwest Bowmont Street on March 4.
He was digging in the trench when it suddenly collapsed all around him.
"I kind of took a second to realize what was happening, and I tried to see if I could get out, but I couldn't," said Russu.
"I started praying and praying, and I had a thought in my head: ‘I can't believe I'm dying, I'm so young.'"
Russu's co-workers with Apollo Drain & Rooter called 911 and then rushed to dig him out.
They were able to pull him out to his shoulders, enough so he could breathe again. But his legs were stuck tight under thick walls of dirt.
The mud, Russu said, was pulling his legs in opposite directions.
"It felt really, really long, and I would breathe and then thoughts would come to my mind, ‘Am I going to lose my legs?'" said Russu.
"I would try to help crews dig and then they'd say, ‘Take it easy, take it easy. We will get you out of this.'"
After terrifying minutes turned into agonizing hours, crews finally hoisted Russu to stable ground.
"It was a very big relief. I was finally out, and I just started getting felling back in my legs," said Russu.
Russu miraculously did not break any bones, but he said the muscle damage in his legs was so severe he needed surgery.
Most of the blood vessels in his eyes also popped from the pressure he endured in the trench, but fortunately he says it did not affect his eyesight.
He spent two weeks in the hospital, but was released over the weekend.
He's alive, and thankful. Above all else, he says, that's what matters.
"I'm very very thankful for God, to the fire department, to my co-workers Ryan and Brad. I'm very thankful to everyone for helping me," said Russu.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:33:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here. Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:42:13 GMT
A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.Full Story >
Thirty-two teens "overwhelmed" their minders and escaped from a juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence, a state government spokesman said. Hours later Tuesday, eight were still on the run.Full Story >