Trench collapse

Body recovery at construction site where two workers died after being buried in a trench that collapsed.

A trench collapsed at a west Phoenix construction site, and two workers were buried in the trench.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Phoenix fire crews are on scene of a body recovery at a home construction site in west Phoenix.

The incident happened Thursday morning at a new home construction site near 107th Avenue and Camelback Road. "It appears as if, at this home build site, they were tapping into the sewer line to connect it into one of the parcels for one of the homes, and unfortunately, that's when the collapse had happened," said Capt. Rob McDade with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Workers trapped in trench

Fire crews are working to recover the bodies of two workers who died in a trench that collapsed upon them in west Phoenix Wednesday. 

Phoenix fire said a trench collapsed at the construction site. Two workers were buried in the trench, which was about 8 feet deep. Their fellow workers tried to rescue the men, but couldn't get to them. "We were receiving reports that the coworkers were attempting to get the workers out of that trench," said McDade. "Unfortunately there was just too much dirt.

A Phoenix police officer was one of the first to arrive at the scene. Investigators say he tried desperately to dig out the men with his bare hands. "Not being able to help and be there for them and get them to safety, as you can imagine, is weighing heavily on that officer," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

Crews are working to recover the bodies, but it could take hours. "They've already formulated their plan and working through it and it's just going to be one of those things where it's going to be very slow and deliberate actions," said McDade.

The men were both 35 years old. Phoenix police and OSHA will both be investigating what went wrong at this work site.

Arizona’s Family news crews are gathering additional information and will provide updates as they become available.


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