Coroner says two construction workers trapped in trench are dead

Published at 11:54 p.m. on August 26, 2013 | Modified at 5:56 p.m. on August 27, 2013

The Muscogee County Coroner said Monday afternoon the two construction workers that were trapped in a trench have been pronounced dead. Coroner Buddy Bryan named the deceased as James Jackson, 50, from 3122 Mead Street in Columbus, and Allen Thomas, 64, from 1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. No. 6 in Columbus. The men were in a trench that the coroner estimated at 12 feet deep. Bryan said it was about 10 feet wide and 25 feet long. According to the coroner, they were using a tamper (a machine that packs dirt) and the side's of the trench were not braced. When it began to collapse, there initially were six workers in there but four got out. Read more here

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