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Buried construction worker is believed to be dead, LAFD says

May 10, 2012 |  5:12 pm

Los Angeles Fire Department rescuers were trying to free a man buried in eight-feet of dirt in Benedict CanyonA construction worker who was trapped under about eight feet of earth is believed to be dead, fire officials said Thursday afternoon.

The man was in trench next to a concrete slab at 1265 N. Benedict Canyon Rd. when he was buried by mounds of earth. He was trapped for about 20 minutes before he was found by co-workers, who had returned to the site after leaving, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey. 

"Just his fingertips were visible," Humphrey said. "The man sadly proved to be beyond our help.... There is little hope that the man is alive."

Nearly 80 Beverly Hills and Los Angeles firefighters, including members of the LAFD's elite Urban Search and Rescue units, rushed to the scene.

After rescuers arrived, officials determined that the scene was in Beverly Hills.

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Photo: Rescuers at the scene in Benedict Canyon. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5.

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