An industrial incident in Edmond Friday took the life of an Oklahoma City man. The Edmond Fire Search & Rescue team was able to locate the body of the unaccounted trench worker at midnight. His body was recovered at 2:15 Saturday morning, according to Jenny Wagnon, spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department. Police have identified the victim as Roberto Garcia Ochoa of Oklahoma City. He was born May 6, 1978. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Rescue workers responded to a 911 call at about 5 p.m. Friday to rescue a worker trapped in a partially collapsed trench wall on Sooner between Second Street and Danforth, said Doug Hall, Edmond fire chief. The technical rescue and other technical advisors were at the scene when Hall spoke to The Sun at 6 p.m. Although Hall originally reported they thought the man was trapped under 16-20 feet of dirt, Chris Denton, deputy fire chief reported Monday the 20-foot trench had about six feet of dirt in the bottom where a side had collapsed. Officials said a crew was working in the trench when it collapsed around 4:20 p.m. “The reports we got was a man buried under the collapse. The 911 call was placed at 16:21 and we got call at 16:22 and arrived at 16:25,” Denton said. Rescue efforts were also complicated by gas, fiber optic, overhead power lines and water lines in the area, Denton added. “It was a utility easement area and when we got there members of the crew working with the man were in the trench digging. We removed them immediately for safety reasons,” Denton said. Denton added they put trench boxes — safety devices that are used for protection — in the hole to stabilize it. “We went through about half of the six feet of dirt, or about three cubic yards before we finding the body. That amount of dirt would equal between four and 5,000 pounds of pressure or maybe more,” Denton said. Sooner Road was closed until 2:45 Saturday morning, Wagnon said. She added the police and fire investigators will continue their reports of the incident as more information is available. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, Denton said.
Published on  November 17, 2015