A worker who was laying cable lines in south Rosenberg died Wednesday afternoon when a trench gave way and collapsed on him.
Police were called to the scene at FM 2218 and Bryan Road, across from the Finnegan Auto Collision Center at 12:23 p.m., according to assistant police chief Jarret Nethery. When first responders arrived, there were already efforts to save the worker, who was buried in the eight-feet-deep, five-feet-wide trench.
The worker was declared deceased at 12:32 p.m. His family was notified, but as of Wednesday evening, police did not release his name or description.
The man was part of a three-member team working for an unidentified telecommunications company. The two other workers were not injured.
Fort Bend County EMS Deputy Chief Jason Albert said that around 30 first responders from across the county came to the scene to help assist with the recovery efforts.
“We had units on the scene within five minutes of the call,” Albert said, who then contacted the county’s technical rescue team, which consists of first responders from Missouri City, Stafford and Rosenberg fire departments.
Albert said that the rescue team began working to shore up the trench to make it safe for rescue workers. The rescue shortly became a recovery mission as workers tried to lift the victim from the ditch with a ladder truck from the Rosenberg Fire Department.
The road of FM 2218 between Bryan Road and Danzinger Road was closed for several hours as the crews worked in the recovery efforts. The road was eventually opened around 5 p.m.
Nethery also said that Rosenberg police will lead an investigation that is ongoing on what happened and if the telecommunications company holds any responsibility for the accident.