LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Lee's Summit Police Department released the initial report regarding last week’s trench collapse that killed a Windsor, Mo., man.
A spokesperson told 41 Action News the collapse is still an open investigation, so the release is the only information they can give at this time.
The witnesses included in the report are the co-worker of victim Brian Allen, who died at the scene.
Randall Harbison was working alongside Allen in the trench, trying to connect a sewer line from a house to the city’s sewer line.
Harbison told officers he was handing Allen a tool when the wall started to cave in. He said he got out and told Allen to get out as well, but it was too late. The trench wall collapsed, trapping Allen. Harbison tried using a backhoe to get Allen out before emergency crews arrived.
A potential buyer of the home told police he was there and saw a crack near the trench which then suddenly caved in.
The trench estimated at 75 feet long and more than 15 feet deep.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the primary agency in charge of the investigation. We're told the case should be completed in about three months.
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