Update: Provo man who died when trench collapsed in American Fork identified

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah, Oct. 3, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A construction worker who died after a trench he was digging collapsed Friday afternoon in American Fork has been identified.
Antonio Gonzalez, 41, from Provo, was killed and another worker broke his leg after the trench collapsed in the area of 500 S. 860 East at approximately 3:30 p.m., said Lt. Sam Liddiard, American Fork Police Department.

Crews using a track hoe had been digging a major water line at the time of the incident, Liddiard said. Gonzalez climbed in to help level a pipe when the 6-foot-deep trench started to give way from the bottom up, and two other men climbed into the trench to help the first worker.

Gonzalez was buried up to mid-thigh. His body has been transported to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner in Salt Lake City to determine a cause of death.

The man that broke his leg was transported to the hospital. The other man who climbed in to help was also buried to mid-thigh, and though he did not appear to be injured, he was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.


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