Construction worker buried in trench collapse near Johnstown has died

A construction worker who was buried when a trench collapsed in the Johnstown area on Friday afternoon has died.

The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority responded about 3:45 p.m. to the 4200 block of Lacewood Lane, according to a news release. First responders arrived in about 10 minutes to find three workers trying to free their co-worker from a large excavated hole, about 25 feet deep and 30 feet wide along the top, with water rising from the bottom.

The victim was pinned in the mud under the water, the release said.

The excavating company workers were attempting to connect a residential sewer pipe of a house under construction to the public sewer main when the accident happened. The housing development is close to the Big Thompson River, and the water table in the area is high.

Rescue workers set up a trench rescue operation and about 60 emergency service responders from throughout the area participated. During the operation, a natural gas pipe and an electrical power line had to be removed from the rescue zone.

About 11 p.m., the victim’s body was recovered. The Larimer County coroner’s office will release the worker’s name after an autopsy.

“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the victim as well as all of the responders that assisted with this tragic incident,” the release said.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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