Crews unable to pull man’s body from collapsed trench, police will guard scene overnight

BREAKING: Man dies after retaining wall collapses (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – Fire crews were unable to remove the body of a man who died in a trench collapse in Granite Township Friday afternoon.

Unified Police will guard the scene near 2900 Ksel Drive until structural engineers can stabilize the trench to remove the body.

Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration examined the scene but left around 6 p.m. A structural engineer also surveyed the collapsed trench Friday night.

The construction accident happened around 2 p.m. when a four-man construction crew was working in the backyard of a home.

“They were working on a retaining wall in the back of this private residence when the ground gave way, knocking the wall down and crushing one of the workers,” Lt. Brian Lohrke told 2News.

When firefighters arrived, they determined the man was deceased, but they were unable to pull his body from the debris with fears that the collapse could worsen and trap first responders.

Detectives escorted the victim’s family to the scene around 7 p.m. The 42-year-old male victim has not been identified.

Unified Police plan to guard the scene until the body is removed.

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