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LONGMEADOW – A worker has died after becoming trapped in a water-filled trench while working on a sewer project, and police are now looking into why the accident happened.
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News that at around 7:45 A.M., a call went out about an accident inside the trench that was dug out on Hazardville Road, at the corner of Tedford Drive. Crane said that a water main had broken there, and the trench filled with water.
Police Chief John Stankiewicz told 22News that following an hours-long recovery operation, the worker’s body was pulled from the trench at around noontime Friday.
The trench had been dug out as part of a town sewer replacement project. Crane said that the worker was a member of a crew from Ludlow-based construction firm A. Martins & Sons, which has been working on the project.
Representatives from the office of the state medical examiner are at the accident site, and state troopers, Longmeadow police, and OSHA are looking into the cause.