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Trench collapses in SW Portland, one man dies

Emergency crews said the recovery of the man's body will take some time


KOIN - One person died in a trench collapse along SW 54th in Portland, May 5, 2016 
A 27-year-old man is presumed dead after an 80-foot long trench collapsed and trapped him under about 9 feet of dirt near Garden Home, KOIN News reports.

The trench had shoring around it but it collapsed in an area that had none.The emergency began late Thursday morning and Portland Fire & Rescue crews rushed to the scene at 8122 SW 54th. Officials told KOIN 6 News the excavator was digging a trench for a home sewer line.

A neighbor, who is also a retired construction worker, told KOIN 6 News he heard the construction stop and knew it was a bad sign.

PF&R tweeted at 12:16 p.m., “Due to length of time worker has been buried. Technical rescue teams are in body recovery mode.”

Emergency crews said the recovery will be an extensive effort because of the amount of dirt that collapsed.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.