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Official says collapsed trench lacked safety devices

The Forrest County coroner says no

required safety devices were being used in a collapsed trench that

killed three workers at the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial

Park.

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials

will lead the investigation of the Friday accident. The

investigation could take up to six months.

Coroner Butch Benedict identified the dead as Leonardo Navarro

Diaz, 30, of Sumrall; Brandon Edward Rathbone, 19, of Hattiesburg;

and Wayne Dale Kelly, 55, of Columbia.

The men were employed by subcontractor American Air Specialists.

Officials say the workers were connecting sewer lines at the new

Sam's Club distribution center under construction when the cave-in

occurred.

City officials say the men were buried under about eight feet of

dirt and wet clay.

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