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Authorities recovering body of man trapped in trench collapse

Updated: 2013-10-25T01:33:10Z


The Kansas City Star

Emergency personnel from Kansas City and Lee’s Summit worked into Thursday night, trying to recover the body of a worker buried when a trench collapsed at a residential construction site in eastern Jackson County.

The man’s name and age was not expected to be released until Friday.

Police responded to the residence in the 1000 block of Southwest Drake Drive in Lee’s Summit just after 1:30 p.m.

The trench was about 75 feet long and had been dug from the street to a home that was under construction. Two men were working to connect the sanitary sewer to the home when the earth shifted in the trench, which collapsed, trapping one man.

The second worker was working from the top of the trench and was not harmed, said Sgt. Chris Depue with Lee’s Summit police.

Crews were trying to rescue the worker when the trench began to collapse a second time. They then worked to recover the man’s body.

Investigators with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration also arrived at the scene. OSHA sets guidelines for workplace safety and health.

The Star’s Matt Campbell contributed to this report. To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to

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