WORKER KILLED| Baltimore construction worker dies in trench collapse
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A construction worker who was buried when a trench collapsed has died.
The 19-year-old has been identified as Kyle Hancock of Glen Burnie. The construction company that was onsite was R.F. Warder Inc.
He was a contract employee working on a sewer line at Clifton Park on Tuesday.
When the fire department arrived on the scene, construction workers were attempting to dig their colleague out of the collapse.
“From what we were told by the other construction workers, the 19-year-old was inside of the hole working on a sewage line when dirt and debris fell on top of him,” said Chief Niles R. Ford.
Rescue efforts begin around 3:30 p.m. and his body was recovered shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The rescue search was complicated by both rain and water from the sewer inside the trench.
The fire department spokesperson said the 15-foot-deep trench that wasn't properly shored up, and a pile of dirt and debris caved in on top of him.
Mayor Catherine Pugh and other city representatives were at the scene.
The trench rescue took nearly 12 hours to conclude. Prior to sending members inside the hole to start recovery efforts, the Special Operations Command unit built a protective barrier to secure the area and set up parameters.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6 the construction worker was recovered and rescue operations ceased.
A media briefing is planned for this afternoon.