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Worker dies when trench collapses at Fort Bragg

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Emergency officials respond to a trench collapse at Fort Bragg. (Fort Bragg Public Affairs) Emergency officials respond to a trench collapse at Fort Bragg. (Fort Bragg Public Affairs)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A civilian worker has died on Fort Bragg while he was working in a trench Thursday morning, according to Fort Bragg Public Affairs.

The worker and his company have not been identified.

Calvin Bishop, Battalion Chief with the Fayetteville Fire Department, said just after 11 a.m. part of the side of the trench collapsed, and dirt that had been dug out of the trench fell back into it, covering the worker.

A search and rescue team from the Fayetteville Fire Department was called in to help with the rescue. Bishop became the incident commander, and he said the operation quickly became a recovery mission because it was apparent the worker could not have survived.

The firefighters were working Thursday afternoon to secure the sides of the trench so they could remove the dirt and remove the worker’s body.

The trench was dug into the top of an earthen ammunition bunker - a manmade hill that stores ammunition inside - off Manchester Road near Pope Airfield on Fort Bragg. The worker was in the trench to connect two ventilation pipes.

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