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Man dies after trench collapses

October 11, 2017
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A man has been killed in a trench collapse while working with his father.

Wyoming firefighters said yesterday the collapse killed 30-year-old Christopher James Godfrey, who was completely buried by dirt.

Firefighters rescued 53-year-old Russell Godfrey, who was buried up to his waist Monday and hospitalized after being extricated.

Firefighters said the two were working in the trench to replace a home’s backed up sewer line.

Grand Rapids Fire Department Technical Rescue Team Battalion Chief Collin Kelly said the trench was 8-10 feet deep with no reinforcement on the sidewalls. Kelly estimated the son's head was about 6 feet below the surface.

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