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Trench Collapse Kills Young Worker

19-year old man buried alive.

February 17, 2016

The CyFair Volunteer Fire Department serving northwest Harris County, Texas, got a call at 2:20 p.m. Saturday for a trench rescue. "A 19-year-old male was working on a trench for sewer lines and manholes for a new subdivision out there, and it collapsed on him," said Brian Shirley, spokesperson for the department.

The victim was about 16 feet down when the sides of the trench came down on him, burying him in the dirt. No one else was injured in the incident.

The rescue effort switched to recovery mode about 20 minutes after emergency vehicles arrived on the scene. The young man worked for Principal Services, LTD, a water and sewerline construction company based in Humble, Texas.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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