One dead in Oman trench collapse

Energy Tuesday 18/April/2017 09:07 AM
By: Times News Service
One dead in Oman trench collapse

Muscat: A worker has died after a burst water pipe caused a trench he was working in to collapse on top of him, emergency services have confirmed.

Emergency crews raced to Ibra this morning after reports that workers were trapped under soil and rubble following the collapse.

They spent most of the morning digging up a water pipe in a frantic race to get to one worker who reportedly fell into it.

The workers digging in Ibra accidently struck the water pipe earlier today, according to reports.

The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance confirmed the death and tweeted: "At this time, the trapped worker has been pulled out from under the collapsed area, but was found dead."

According to the Tweet released by PACDA, a water pipe burst, "pushing the soil and dirt over the workers in the hole".

Photographs released by PACDA show heavy digging equipment at the scene as rescue workers search the trench.

A PACDA spokesman had earlier tweeted: "Still working out practical measure (one person) from under the avalanche. An incident of soil collapsing on workers due to water pipe bursted was recorded by the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance today."