Construction site collapse traps, kills three workers - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Construction site collapse traps, kills three workers

Coroner Butch Benedict has identified all three workers who died after a construction site collapse at the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park.

The three men's names are: Leonardo Navarro Diaz, 30, of Sumrall; Brandon Edward Rathbone, 19, of Hattiesburg; Wayne Dale Kelly, 55, of Columbia.

All three men have worked for American Air Specialists, formerly known as Tucker Heating and Air.

The three workers were buried alive and crews attempted to excavate them by hand early around 10 a.m.

The incident took place near Kohler Engine Co. where a Sam's distribution center is under construction.

The men were completing work on a sewer line, according to Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • breaking

    Suspect killed, 2 in custody after Hub City home invasion

    Suspect killed, 2 in custody after Hub City home invasion

    Monday, September 25 2017 2:23 AM EDT2017-09-25 06:23:41 GMT
    Suspect shot in apparent home invasion on Orange Street in downtown Hattiesburg.Suspect shot in apparent home invasion on Orange Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

    The suspect in a home invasion in the Hub City died from his injures, and two others are in custody. 

    More >>

    The suspect in a home invasion in the Hub City died from his injures, and two others are in custody. 

    More >>
  • Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

    Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

  • Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

    Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

    Monday, September 25 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-09-25 05:10:47 GMT
    USM senior defensive end Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior defensive end Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen. Courtesy: WDAM

    On a wet Saturday night in September 2016, Xavier Thigpen feasted. A season-high four tackles-for-loss against Troy, the most by a Golden Eagle since Cleveland Brown Jamie Collins recorded the same in 2012. Thigpen has continued his tenacious play through three games of 2017: Nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery to the end zone so far. This season will be the last ride for "PawPaw" Thigpen.

    More >>

    On a wet Saturday night in September 2016, Xavier Thigpen feasted. A season-high four tackles-for-loss against Troy, the most by a Golden Eagle since Cleveland Brown Jamie Collins recorded the same in 2012. Thigpen has continued his tenacious play through three games of 2017: Nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery to the end zone so far. This season will be the last ride for "PawPaw" Thigpen.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly