Two people removed from trench after collapse in Oakwood

Person reportedly trapped after trench collapse in Oakwood neighborhood. (WKEF/WRGT)

UPDATE: Oakwood Chief Alan Hill said two people were removed after a trench collapse in Oakwood.

They first got a call out around 1:40 p.m. about a city of Oakwood employee who got trapped while installing sewer drain pipe, and initiated a tactical response. A coworker had tried to help the first person who was trapped, but ultimately had to also be removed.

The trench is about six feet deep, and it took crews about two hours to safely get both people out.

"The biggest challenge is you don't want to make a bad situation worse," Hill said. "So, I mean, it's a slow, methodical process."

Officials still have not been able to figure out exactly how it happened, and they are still evaluating the ground around the trench to make sure it's safe moving forward. OSHA is coming to investigate.


OAKWOOD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A worker has been rescued from a trench nearly two hours after a collapse in Oakwood.

Multiple agencies were called to the 200 block of Northview Road just before 2:00 Thursday afternoon after the collapse was reported. Someone was trapped down in the hole and rescue workers worked to get the person out for nearly two hours. The person was taken away on a stretcher and appeared to be sitting up. Another person was removed earlier from the scene by medics.

Agencies from across the Miami Valley responded to scene, including Miami Valley Mutual Aid, Kettering and the Ohio Region 3 Rescue Strike Team.

FOX45 has no other information at this time but has a crew at the scene. This story will be updated.

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