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Coroner confirms that 25-year-old has died after trench collapse in Warren County

Zack Hess (Photo courtesy Zack Hess Snapchat story)

MORROW, Ohio (WKRC) - The Warren County Sheriff's Office said a rescue turned into a recovery effort after a 25-year-old man became trapped and died in a trench collapse Thursday. They have since recovered the victim's body from the trench.

Zachary Hess of Mason, Ohio was working at the site at the time of the collapse. A co-worker attempted to help Hess, but was unable and went for help.

Emergency crews were at the 5500 block of Anne Marie Drive in Morrow. The sheriff's office said they believed a worker, Hess, became trapped under 25 feet of dirt at a housing construction site.

A grim task took place in Warren County on Thursday. There were efforts to recover the body of Zachary Hess, who was buried alive at a construction site. Chief Investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office Doyle Burke declared Hess to be dead on Thursday night.

Hess took video of the trench and published it on Snapchat moments before the collapse.

A trench collapsed at a housing construction site, trapping Hess under 25 feet of dirt.

Skyview 12 captured part of the recovery effort by urban search and rescue teams on Thursday.

Crews worked to recover the body of Zachary Hess who died in a trench collapse at a home construction site. The recovered his body on Thursday night.

When rescuers first arrived, they thought there was a chance of pulling Hess out alive, but those hopes quickly vanished.

The trench collapse in the Woodlands subdivision in Salem Township happened around noon on Thursday. Zack Hess was down in a trench when the walls around him collapsed. When rescuers first arrived on the scene, they could still see Hess in the trench, but in a matter of minutes, the walls quickly collapsed, burying Hess some 25 feet down in the trench.

The recovery was a slow process and was expected to take hours, but crews have reportedly recovered Hess' body on Thursday night.

Hess worked for JK Excavating. The trench was adjacent to a home under construction.

Some 150 rescuers from around the Tri-State have responded to the scene of the trench collapse, including crews from the Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue Team.

The coroner's office says the autopsy on Hess has been completed and his cause of death is pending.




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