2 men dead in trench collapse at Windsor construction site

WINDSOR, Colo. -- Two men died after they became trapped in a collapsed trench in Windsor on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Chief Kris Kazian Tuesday night, crews responded to a construction site at 925 Camberly Drive about 2:20 p.m. following a 911 call.

The 911 caller said that two workers were inside a 15-feet-deep trench when it collapsed.

Before emergency personnel arrived, workers were able to get a PVC pipe to one of the workers. That worker was able to speak with rescue crews. With the use of special equipment, he was also was able to speak with his family before he died.

Crews were unable to make voice contact with the second worker.

"Due to the soil conditions where the workers are trapped, the excavation had to be conducted by hand using small shovels and buckets to remove the soil from around the workers. Since the ground is both unstable and compacted around the trapped workers, extreme caution to cause no further harm to those trapped, nor the emergency response personnel on scene was paramount to the operation," the WSFR statement said.

By the time rescuers reached the men, they had both succumbed to their injuries.

The men's bodies have been turned over to the Weld County coroner for investigation.

A number of local agencies responded to the scene during the rescue. There were at least 50 people trying to rescue the men.

One of the men is in his mid-20s; the other is in his 40s, according to Kazian. Their names have not been released.

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