Worker dies in trench collapse; 3 others make it out


DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — Emergency crews have recovered the body of a construction worker from a collapsed trench in Brier Creek on Wednesday.

Two other workers were hospitalized and another escaped under his own power.

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Chopper 11 HD flew over the scene at 4209 Corners Parkway near TW Alexander and Glenwood Avenue to see multiple fire trucks and dozens of firefighters working at the scene.

Durham Fire Department said it and Raleigh Fire Department responded to the trench collapse around 11 a.m. Though the incident is in Wake County, Durham Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said the collapse happened inside Durham city limits.

Four workers were in the trench when it collapsed. One of them escaped on his own; one got out of the trench and walked to nearby paramedics; Chopper11 HD saw crews pull a third worker from the trench on a stretcher. A fourth worker remained missing for several hours until officials confirmed he had been killed and recovered his body from the trench about 4:15 p.m.

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