Man dies after large trench collapse in Washington County

Coroner called to trench collapse in Washington County

NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A body was recovered after a trench collapsed in Washington County, and officials identified the victim.

Chopper 11 flew over Brehm Road in North Strabane Township around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Emergency crews were attempting to rescue a man from a 10-foot-deep trench that collapsed as he was working on a sewer line at a significant other’s home.

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Investigators said it did not appear that the wall was properly shored, so it could have easily crashed in on the man.

Firefighters spent hours at the scene working to rescue the victim, but a coroner was called around 5 p.m.

The Washington County coroner’s office identified the victim as Richard St. John, 49, of Ohio.

The cause and manner of death were both listed as pending in the coroner’s report.