Man suffers serious injuries in pipe accident in Lexington pond

The president of a Lexington garden and fountain company said one of three workers hurt Thursday while working on a pipe in a pond reportedly has severe, but not life-threatening, injuries.

"I was very happy to find out that everybody was going to be OK," said John Hadlock, president of Kentucky Garden and Fountain.

Hadlock said one of his employees and two temporary workers were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Thursday after an accident at a private pond at Russell Cave and Sahalee Road.

Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott said the accident occurred about 9:50 a.m. Thursday.

Hadlock said one of his employees, James Marshall, got his arm trapped in a pipe that was 10 inches in diameter. Marshall suffered bruises, Hadlock said. UK spokeswoman Julie Phillips said Marshall was in fair condition.

But a temporary worker, Mark Wood, was injured when he freed Marshall, Hadlock said. Hadlock said Wood had severe but not life-threatening injuries, according to hospital reports. Phillips said Wood was in serious condition.

The workers were draining a pond, Hadlock said.

Hadlock said a third man, also a temporary worker whose name Hadlock did not immediately know, was being examined by hospital personnel because he said his back hurt.