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Two die in Charlotte County trench collapse

Rescuers work Monday afternoon to recover the body of a construction worker killed in the...
Rescuers work Monday afternoon to recover the body of a construction worker killed in the collapse of a trench in Charlotte County.(CCSO)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 9:41 AM EDT
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UPDATED May 10 at noon with names of victims.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - Two people have died in the collapse of a water pipe trench in Charlotte County, officials said.

Charlotte County Emergency Services spokesman Todd Dunn said the trench collapse occurred near Burnt Store Road as crews were placing a water pipe. One worker died immediately after the accident; a second worker was missing, buried in the collapse.

The second worker’s body was found and removed about 7:45 p.m., Dunn said.

The victims were identified as 41-year-old Marcos Santiz-Lopez and 25-year-old Brandon M. Colburn, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Detectives also said Tuesday the preliminary investigation has discovered no signs of foul play or criminal intent.

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