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The Latest: Worker dies in suburban Detroit trench collapse

February 26, 2018 - 3:30 PM

STERLING HEIGHS, Mich. - The Latest on a trench collapse in suburban Detroit that trapped a worker (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Authorities say a construction worker has died after being buried in a trench collapse in suburban Detroit.

Sterling Heights Police say workers were digging the trench when it caved in with one of them inside about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Police said the crew was using a front-end loader and removing old, underground pipes from a long-abandoned building.

Fire Chief Chris Martin says the trench didn't appear to be properly shored up.

Martin said the trench was about 18 feet long and 4 feet wide at the top. Its depth was unclear.

The man's name was not immediately released.

Local authorities and officials from the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating.

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3:50 p.m.

Rescue personnel are working to free a construction worker caught in a trench collapse in suburban Detroit.

Sterling Heights Police said the worker was part of a private crew that they say is working to demolish a building when the trench collapsed around 1:40 p.m. Monday.

Police say workers were digging the trench when it caved in with one of them inside. Police said the crew was using a front-end loader and removing old, underground pipes from a long-abandoned building.

The worker's condition wasn't immediately known.

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