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25-year-old man killed in trench collapse in Camden

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — A man has died in a trench collapse in Camden.

Camden City Manager Mel Pearson tells local media outlets two men were working on a sewer and water line project in a trench about 7 feet deep when it collapsed shortly before noon Friday.

One of the men managed to escape safely. The other man died on the scene, and the Kershaw County Coroner identified him as 25-year-old Juan Penaloza of Columbia.

Pearson says the crew did not have the proper safety support to secure the walls in place. He says the precaution would have been the responsibility of the subcontractor, Northwest water and sewer.

The city is assisting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in its investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

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