Crews try to rescue man after trench collapses in Belton

11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, December 15 2016 Dec 15, 2016 Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:43:00 PM CST December 15, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

BELTON — Authorities have been working to rescue a man who was trapped when trench walls caved in on him at a work site outside Kansas City.

Belton Fire Chief Norman Larkey says there's a "very, very slim chance" the man survived the collapse, which occurred Thursday outside a Belton home.

The Kansas City Star reports that two subcontractors who specialize in connecting sewer lines were digging a new line for a home, and one of the subcontractors climbed into the 12-foot-deep trench when the walls caved in.

Larkey said the rescue team could not get air to the man because the dirt is packed so densely.

The Belton Fire Department and the Kansas City Fire Department's Rescue Division have been working to reach the trapped man.

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