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Rescuers recover body of worker trapped in collapsed trench

Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a report of a collapsed trench in the 17500 block of East Eastman Drive – rescuers worked for hours to recover the man's body.

AURORA, Colo. — A worker was killed when a trench collapsed Tuesday in the area of East Dartmouth Avenue and South Buckley Road.

Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) said its Technical Rescue Team responded at 1:30 p.m. to a report of a collapsed trench in the 17500 block of East Eastman Drive.

An update on AFR's Twitter page said rescuers uncovered the worker's body around 5:30 p.m. and removed them from the trench – rescuers estimated the depth of the trench at 12 feet. 

That person was the only worker was in the trench when it collapsed. Firefighters said they worked "quickly and methodically" to try reach the person.

About 4:30 p.m., a spokesperson on the scene said the operation had turned into a recovery effort. 

South Metro Fire Rescue's Technical Rescue Team was also on scene to provide support, Aurora Fire said.

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