Two bodies recovered after trench collapse in Shoreline

Jul 6, 2022, 9:22 AM


Photo by Lewis Geyer

The bodies of two men killed in Monday’s trench collapse have been recovered this morning around 4:10 a.m.

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.

Shoreline collapsed construction trench kills 2

KIRO 7’s Briseida Holguin was in Shoreline at the scene of the recovery.

“We do know that crews were working all night yesterday. They actually anticipated the recovery process to run somewhere between 12 to 24 hours,” Holguin said.

“The shoreline fire chief said the two men were working at the bottom of the very steep slope and they believe that dirt fell from the top”

Investigators say it appears the crew did not have the proper setup to keep the dirt from caving in.

Officials say shoring was used in the trench, but not a trench box, which is designed to keep dirt from caving in.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “When trenches reach a depth of 5 feet or more, OSHA requires contractors to use a protective system.”

Shoreline Fire Chief Matt Cowan spoke about how difficult it was to recover the bodies and why it took nearly two days.

“I’ve been in the service for about 30 years I’ve been on trench rescues and so forth I’ve never had such a complicated site” Cowan told KIRO Newsradio.

Shoreline Fire says one of the victims was in his 30s and the other in his 60s. Their bodies were taken to the county medical examiner.

Washington Labor and Industries has launched its own investigation.

Local News


Bill Kaczaraba

Downtown Seattle Dog Days continue this afternoon

Dog Days is a new effort to bring people and their canines back downtown.

14 hours ago

molly moon's chop...

Sam Campbell

Molly Moon’s suing City of Seattle over losses from CHOP

Local ice cream maker Molly Moon's is suing the City of Seattle for losses it claims came from CHOP in the summer of 2020.

2 days ago

UW graduation traffic...

Nate Connors

Expect traffic in U-District for UW graduation ceremony Saturday

Expect heavy traffic on State Route 520 near Montlake, I-5 towards 520, and surface streets around Husky Stadium for UW graduation.

2 days ago

carbon auction...

Frank Sumrall

WA’s second carbon auction nets $500M, gas prices could jump

Washington held its second carbon emission auction to allow gas and oil companies to bid for a limited amount of carbon emission allowances.

2 days ago

kate scott play-by-play seahawks...

Frank Sumrall

Kate Scott to call TV play-by-play for Seattle Seahawks preseason

Kate Scott has officially joined the Seahawks' booth as the team's newest play-by-play announcer for the preseason, replacing Curt Menefee.

2 days ago

flowers alcohol license...

Frank Sumrall

U-District bar ‘Flowers’ loses alcohol license after serving minors

Flowers in Seattle's University District can no longer serve alcohol after its liquor license was suspended.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Two bodies recovered after trench collapse in Shoreline