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The Suburbanite
  • Man confirmed dead following Jackson trench collapse

  • One man's body has been recovered from the scene of a sewer-line trench collapse Tuesday in Jackson Township. Firefighters and paramedics earlier had saved the man's son from the trench on Cheryl Lane NW.

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  • On the scene of a trench collapse in Jackson Township on Tuesday afternoon, where one man is confirmed to be dead:
    3:35 p.m. update:
    The body of a man has been recovered  from the trench that collapsed early Tuesday afternoon while crews from Bontrager Excavating were working on installing sewer lines in a Jackson Township neighborhood.
    One firefighter entered the hole to secure the body on a board, while firefighters working outside the hole raised the body with ropes. The body, covered by a white sheet, was loaded into an ambulance.
    A father and son were trapped in the hole when it collapsed. The son was rescued alive and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
    Stark County Coroner's investigator Rick Walters is at the scene and has confirmed one death from the trench collapse.
    3:10 p.m. update:
    A team of OSHA investigators have arrived at the scene. The man’s body still has not been recovered as recovery crews continue to dig.
    2:45 p.m. update:
    Workers with the Stark County Metropolitan Sewer District are using an industrial vacuum to suction dirt from the bottom of the hole where one person remains trapped and is believed to be dead following the Tuesday afternoon collapse of a sewer line trench.
    The man’s body has yet to be recovered, but is believed to have been located. Crews were working to support the sides of the trench to prevent further collapse before recovering the body.
    The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has been notified.
    2:05 p.m. update:
    Jackson Township Fire Chief Ted Heck said the person trapped underground is believed to be dead, and that fire crews are now in recovery mode, looking for the man’s body.
    Heck said a father-and-son duo were working in the trench, looking for a sewer connector when the banks of the trench collapsed on them.
    The son was buried up to his head — with his head above ground. He was rescued and taken to Affinity Medical Center for treatment.
    Rescue crews from Jackson Township, Green and Marathon Oil Company’s fire department are all working to recover the man’s body, which has completely underground for more than an hour.
    Large slabs of wood are being used to support the banks of the trench, while a backhoe is being used to widen the hole. The victim is thought to be at least 15 feet below the surface.
    Heck said he could not confirm if the father and son worked for Bontrager Excavating or are subcontractors.
    Heck said the father and son were on a lunch break when they climbed into the hole to locate a sewer connector.
    Page 2 of 2 - Firefighters said no one witnessed the collapse. Another worker happened to walk past the area and  discovered the collapse.
    2 p.m. update:
    One man now is believed to be dead in the Cheryl Lane trench collapse.
    1:30 p.m. update:
    Rescue crews have cordoned off the scene of the trench collapse where one person remains trapped beneath the ground.
    Cheryl Lane NW is closed in the 7900 block near Arlington Avenue NW.
    Heavy equipment and rescue gear were brought to the scene. Crews are working furiously to free the person who is still trapped in the hole. The workers were measuring the hole and were using equipment apparently to try to prevent further collapse of the trench.
    1:15 p.m. update:
    Jackson Fire Chief Ted Heck said two people were trapped when the trench collapsed. One was rescued, the other remains in the hole.
    A worker at the scene slammed his helmet to the ground and began sobbing. Others at the scene tried to console him.
    Rescue crews from the fire department were digging with shovels in an effort to free the person.
    1:02 p.m. update:
    Rescue crews lowered a basket into a trench that collapsed while sewer line work was being done Tuesday in the 7900 block of Cheryl Lane NW and rescued one person. Another may be trapped in the hole.
    Jackson firefighters and paramedics are at the scene where a sewer line project has been underway. A trench apparently collapsed, trapping at least one person.
    In March, Stark County commissioners hired Bontrager Excavating of Uniontown for $1.2 million to install a new sanitary sewer line in the Jackson Meadows and Gowen Meadows allotments in Jackson Township.
    Twelve of the 135 homeowners submitted written objections to the project, but commissioners gave it the go-head because the Stark County Health Department believes sewage problems in the area could create a dangerous situation.

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