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Body of Pacific Palisades trench victim recovered after 9 hours

March 15, 2013 |  7:20 am

Rescuers needed over nine hours to recover the body of a construction worker who died when a dirt trench collapsed in Pacific Palisades, the Los Angeles Fire Department said
Rescuers needed over nine hours to recover the body of a construction worker who died when a dirt trench collapsed in Pacific Palisades, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

A second worker, who was buried in dirt up to his hips, survived the incident Thursday and was dug out after about 1 1/2 hours in the trench. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

The two men, who have not been identified, were excavating with back hoes in the 200 block of Temescal Canyon Road, near Pacific Coast Highway. They were working for a city subcontractor on a storm water project, according to the fire department.

The trench was about 20 feet long and 15 feet deep in some places. The man who died was buried up to his chest and unconscious when firefighters arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m.

More than 90 firefighters were involved in the rescue effort, which required shoring up the trench to prevent further collapse.

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Photo: Firefighters remove the body of a worker who became trapped in a trench in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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