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Ind. construction worker killed in trench collapse

The victim was installing a water pipe in Noblesville when sides of the trench collapsed

By Jennifer Rodriguez
The Charlotte Observer

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A 21-year-old Indiana man died after a work accident left him buried in a trench, officials told news outlets.

Shawn Young was working in an 8-foot trench installing a water pipe in Noblesville on May 13, WXIN reported. While doing so, “the sides of the trench collapsed,” the outlet reported.

The collapse buried Young up to his shoulders, Noblesville Fire Department told WISH.

More than two dozen firefighters responded, and crews were able to remove him from the trench, but he didn’t survive, WTHR reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are devastated to learn of a tragic accident that occurred with a member of a subcontractor’s construction crew,” Crew Carwash said in a statement to WXIN. “We have no further details at this time. Our thoughts are with the individual and with everyone affected or involved.”

McClatchy News reached out to the Noblesville Fire Department for more information on May 13 but did not immediately hear back.

Noblesville is a 30-mile drive north of Indianapolis .

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