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Worker dies in East Idaho ditch collapse

September 5, 2018 GMT

A 27-year-old man died Tuesday in a trench collapse in the Ashton area.

Fremont County dispatch received a 911 call at about 4 p.m. reporting that a man had been buried in a trench. Fremont County sheriff’s deputies and Ashton police officers responded to the scene and found that a backhoe operator had been installing plastic pipe for a drainage system. The backhoe operator told law enforcement that he and a helper had been digging a trench and the helper had gone into the trench to put pipe connections together.

The backhoe operator told investigators that when he moved the backhoe forward to continue digging, he turned back around to operate the hoe and saw that approximately 15 feet behind the backhoe a 10-foot section of the trench had collapsed and the helper was nowhere to be found, a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office news release said.

Multiple agencies including the Fremont County Volunteer Fire Department, Fremont County Search and Rescue, Fremont County EMS, Madison County EMS, Air Idaho, and multiple individuals arrived to assist, the release said. The man was located about an hour after the incident was called in and he was declared dead at the scene, the release said.