Man dies after trench collapses in Va.

The man died in an accident while working on a construction project.

BERRYVILLE, VA (WUSA9) - One man died after a trench wall collapsed on him during a construction project in rural Northern Virginia on Wednesday.

It happened around 10 a.m. in Berryville, Virginia, a Clarke County community located just east of Winchester.

The Clarke County Sheriff's Office said the man was digging a trench for a utility line on some private property when it collapsed at the site.

Authorities said the man was trapped seven feet below the surface.

Emergency crews from Northern Virginia traveled to Berryville to try to rescue the man. Chief Deputy Travis Sumption, of Clarke County Sheriff's Office, told WUSA9 a Fairfax County doctor even flew to the scene by helicopter.

But it was not enough to save the man's life. Sumption said the man was pronounced dead around 12:30 p.m.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the accident.

Police have yet to release the worker's name. They said they are still working to tell the family about his death.


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