SEVERN, Md. - A police have identified Manual Armando Zuniga-Esquina, 26, of Silver Spring, as the man who died Monday morning in a trench collapse at a home in Severn.
Anne Arundel County fire crews were on the scene a little after 10 a.m., which officials then described as a “recovery operation.”
Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Division Chief Keith Swindle said the call went out around 10:20 a.m. for a man stuck on a collapsed trench on the 1000 block of Layton Lane. Swindle said when firefighters arrived they found Zuniga-Esquina buried up to his neck. Then shortly after, more of the trench collapsed and the victim is totally buried.
Zuniga-Esquina was apparently working on a deck of a new home that had been purchased in June. He was working in a 7-foot deep hole when it collapsed. Neighbors and workers ran to his aid, but weren't able to get him out of the hole.
It took 45 personnel including Technical Rescue teams from Anne Arundel and Howard County Fire/EMS Departments, as well as, Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works approximately 3 1/2 hours to recover Zuniga-Esquina, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Maryland Occupation Safety and Health (MOSH) are currently investigating the incident. No other injuries were reported.
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