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Worker dies in suburban Detroit trench collapse

Worker dies in suburban Detroit trench collapse
Posted at 10:01 AM, Feb 27, 2018

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.