FORT DODGE, Iowa — Authorities have released the name of a 49-year-old man who died after a trench collapsed on him in central Iowa.
The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. Friday at Marian Home and Village in Fort Dodge. Authorities say workers were installing a sewer line as part of a renovation and expansion project when about 20 feet of the 3-foot-wide trench collapsed.
The Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1E0bLgZ ) that firefighters had to shore up the 12-foot-deep trench before the man's body could be recovered. The man was identified as William "Butch" Paterson, of Otho (OH'-thoh).
Safety investigators have been called in to see what caused the accident and determine whether safety procedures were followed.
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