Man Only Slightly Injured After 125 Foot Fall Near Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Authorities said a construction worker was driving a heavy loader when a natural cave collapsed, plunging man and machine 125 feet into a pit near the New Mexico-Texas border.

The man was "slightly injured" in Wednesday's accident but didn't require hospitalization, Eddy County Sheriff's Capt. Leon Newman said. He didn't have details on the man's injury.

Witnesses told investigators the loader driver was working at a pit that provides crushed material for a construction project on U.S. Highway 62/180 when his machine broke through the earth.

The site is a mile north of the highway near Carlsbad Caverns National Park.