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Construction Worker Killed in Residential Trench Collapse

Co-workers trying to free the man had to be physically removed by firefights for their own safety

March 01, 2017

A construction worker became trapped and later died in Northwest Washington D.C. yesterday when part of a house foundation collapsed, burying him.

The site on the 4600 block of Dexter Street was described as an “unstable environment” by Vito Maggiolo, spokesperson for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department. Rescue crews were called to the site around 10 a.m. where they found the worker buried up to his waist in dirt. Co-workers tried to shore up the area in an effort to free him, but firefighters had to physically remove them for their own safety.

Deputy Chief John Donnelly said, "For every foot that someone is trapped, it generally takes about an hour to free him or her." Shortly before 1 p.m., fire officials announced the man had died.

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