Recovery Effort Underway in Fort Bragg Trench

July 25--Workers have returned to the Fort Bragg site where a trench collapsed Thursday, killing a construction worker.

"They should be in the process of rotating fresh crews in," said Battalion Chief Calvin Bishop, the Fayetteville Fire Department's Special Operations coordinator.

The Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue is assisting Fort Bragg personnel in recovering the victim.

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The walls of the trench, which is about 75 feet in length and between 15 and 18 feet deep, caved in about 11:10 a.m., according to a Fort Bragg spokesman.

The trench is at the site of a new ammunition supply point off Manchester Road near Pope Army Air Field, the spokesman said Thursday.

The identify of the victim and the company for which he worked have not been released.

Recovery efforts were suspended about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, just before rain moved through the area, Bishop said.

The efforts were brought to a halt in the afternoon because a brief thunderstorm.

- Nancy McCleary

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