Columbus, GA — A fatal work-related accident at an apartment complex in Columbus is still being investigated. As of Tuesday, the Fox News affiliate in Columbus identified one of the deceased workers as James Jackson, 50 years old.
The accident happened along Williams Road at the Summit Pointe apartment complex that was having a new addition built. The Allen Development Group was reportedly working at the site and had 6 workers in a trench on Monday when it suddenly collapsed.
Four workers were able to escape the trench, but two were trapped inside, including Jackson. Both he and another worker passed away before emergency crews could get to them. No other injuries were reported and a backhoe was used to dig the men out of the trench.
The trench was at least 30 feet deep and the men were trapped under about 12 feet of dirt after the collapse, workers said.
The matter is still under investigation and it wasn’t clear what caused the trench collapse in the first place.
Scene of the Accident