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Fairfax County detectives identify man killed in trench collapse at Alexandria construction site

Jonathan Spencer Canales, 30, of Maryland, died at the scene.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Fairfax County Police Department is currently investigating a death at a construction site that took place Friday afternoon.

According to authorities, the incident happened shortly after 1 p.m. in a residential neighborhood on the 800 block of Emerald Drive in Fort Hunt. Police confirm to WUSA9 that a trench collapsed, leaving two construction workers trapped.

Fairfax County Fire & EMS said one man died on the scene, while another man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Major Crimes detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department released the findings of their preliminary investigation Saturday.

Detectives say a Maryland man, 30-year-old Jonathan Spencer Canales, died when a trench wall collapsed. Detectives say appears the two men were working in a plumbing trench about six feet deep with some shoring in place. Detectives believe the men were working to shore another part of the trench when the wall collapsed. 

An autopsy conducted Saturday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and a review of the scene with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed no evidence of criminal activity. 

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