MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

A fallen pipeline worker has been hospitalized following a difficult operation to rescue her from a trench.

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2:15 p.m. Friday to the 400 block of Mountainside Road in Muhlenberg Township.

A 49-year-old woman working to install a natural gas pipeline in the area slipped and fell into an eight- to 10-foot-deep trench, officials said.

The woman suffered a back injury, but she told rescue workers she could still feel her extremities, officials said.

The remote location made it difficult for rescue crews to reach the scene, so they deployed all-terrain vehicles to aid their efforts and called in a helicopter to transport the victim to the hospital.

Officials had no information about the woman's identity or extent of injuries.