Shoreline collapsed construction trench kills 2
Jul 5, 2022, 7:25 AM | Updated: 8:25 am
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Recovery efforts will continue Tuesday morning after a trench collapsed Monday in Shoreline, killing two men.
Shoreline Fire and Rescue report the bodies remain trapped and the incident has become a recovery effort.
The men’s bodies were buried under at least three feet of earth, Michelle Pidduck with Shoreline Fire Department reports.
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“For every foot that somebody’s buried, it takes upwards of an hour to even dig them out. There’s a difference between a rescue and then retrieval. And a lot of times when these things happen, it’s not a rescue,” a rescue worker told KIRO 7 TV’s Gwen Baumgardner.
Michelle Pidduck with the Shoreline Fire Department says the men were private employees, and she does not know who hired them. Permitting records with the city indicate that a resident was replacing part of a collapsed sewer on private property, the Associated Press reports.
A chaplin remains at the scene to comfort the families.