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