HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT)– UPDATE (7/26/19): The victims have been identified. See related article.
Two men were pronounced dead following a partial trench collapse in Hoover Tuesday evening. Dozens of first responders were on the scene as a rescued mission became a recovery mission.
It took fire and rescue nearly 3 hours to get to the two men that were buried underground in a Hoover neighborhood. The two men were installing a water drainage system. When the trench collapsed, they were somewhere between the surface and 8 feet under.
First responders received a call at 3:04 p.m. and since then, crews have been working tirelessly to get to the men. The Fire Captain explained the crews had to dig by hand and with small shovels because large equipment or machinery could have worsened the situation.
The Hoover Fire Chief this recovery effort took immense expertise.
“This was an extremely difficult scene for them to work. It’s not something that happens or goes quickly. A lot of people expect it to go within a matter of minutes. In this particular situation, to protect our personnel, to make sure they’re doing everything according to SOG’s, that we do it the right way.”Clay Bentley; Hoover Fire Chief
The fire chief offered his condolences for the families who just received the worst possible news.
“It wasn’t an easy task, but we would like to offer condolences to the family. The loss of anybody’s life, that touches us,” says Bentley.
Frank Brocato, the Hoover mayor, was on scene through the recovery mission. He was a firefighter for over 40 years and said the cases hit harder.
“It’s very difficult, I don’t care how long you’ve been in the business or what you’ve seen. When individuals lose their lives, it’s very difficult for everyone,” says Frank Brocato.
OSHA was on the scene investigating. The names of the two victims have not yet been released.
HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Update: The two workers who were trapped in the trench collapse are pronounced dead, according to Hoover Fire and Rescue.
Original: Authorities are attempting to rescue two people stuck in a trench after it collapsed in Hoover Tuesday around 3 p.m.
Authorities say two males were installing a drainage system when the trench collapsed. The trench is reportedly 8-feet deep.
The men reportedly work for Water Drainage Solutions. The company says they “provide water management solutions for any drainage problem at an existing site…design and install permanent drainage solutions for new construction sites.”
WATCH: Officials: 2 people stuck in a collapsed trench in Hoover
The conditions of the men are unknown and a timeline of recovery is also unknown as of now.
Officials have not released any other information at this time.
This is an ongoing story. Stay with CBS 42 for the latest developments.