TOMS RIVER-Construction workers from Earle Asphalt were paving Massachusetts Avenue here stopped working twenty minutes past midnight to rescue a co-worker who became trapped underneath an asphalt hopper, according to Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.
Ben Lugo, 27, of Toms River was rescued by co-workers who used a torch and pry bar to free him. Mastronardy says workers cut the metal that was entrapping Lugo for about 10 minutes. Jerry Bove, 22, of Brick was credited for resuing Lugo.
Lugo was attempting to clean the clean the hopper when his feet were caught under a belt and metal from the machine.
After being freed from the machine, he was transported by Mon-Oc Ambulance to the Citta Elementary School where he was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center.