Construction worker killed in Covington trench collapse

Construction worker killed in Covington trench collapse

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - One man was killed and another was trapped but rescued Thursday following a trench collapse in Covington.

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Pinnacle Parkway just off of Highway 21. The workers were digging a 10-foot trench to be used for sewer and water when, for unknown reasons, it collapsed.

Baton Rouge resident Isidro Cigarroa Martinez, who turned 24 last week, was killed. Firefighters and other emergency responders worked for hours to recover his body from the site. An autopsy will be performed Friday.

The surviving man was airlifted to University Hospital. Coroner Charles Preston said he was alert and talking and will likely be OK. His name has not been released.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident.

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