Utility contractor trapped in trench dies

WASHINGTON — A utility worker died Wednesday morning after he became trapped up to his chest in a trench in Prince George’s County.

The man, a contractor for Sagres Construction, was performing work at the scene of a water main replacement project on Neptune Avenue, officials with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said.

WSSC called it an apparent trench collapse.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 10 a.m. and found the man in a trench that was about 3 feet wide, Prince George’s County police said.

The man died on the scene. His name has not been released.

County police and state safety officials are investigating.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report from Oxon Hill.

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