Man dies after being buried in collapsed trench

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – UPDATE: According to officials on the scene, a 29-year-old man has died after being trapped in a collapsed trench. Crews recovered his body from the trench around 4:15 p.m.

Officials for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating.

Division Chief  Keith Wilson with the Sedgwick County Fire Department said the recovery was extremely.

“We had extreme difficulty trying to locate the victim, we had an idea of where he was at, but due to the condition of the soil it was very muddy, clay soil so it took a very long time for us to be able to get to him,” said Wilson.

The victim was found 14 feet down inside the trench.


Emergency crews are working to rescue a man trapped in a collapsed trench. It happened around 10:30 a.m. near 53rd and Webb in Bel Aire.

The Wichita Fire Department is assisting Sedgwick County with the rescue response.

Bel Aire Chief of Police Darrell Atteberry said the man was working for Wilks Underground Utilities. The man was excavating a trench to put a pipe in.

“He was at the bottom of the hole when a piece of dirt, about a dump truck load, they estimate, the fire department estimates about 16 to 20 tons shifted and fell on top of him,” said Atteberry.

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