BOSTON (WHDH) – Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says that two private construction workers are presumed dead after a water main break trapped workers in a trench.
A “recovery operation” is underway, according to the Boston Fire Department.
The water main break on Dartmouth Street near Dedham Street caused at least two people to be trapped in a trench.
According to Boston EMS, the hole was roughly 20 feet deep.
The incident happened at a construction zone, and it is believed that all of the people trapped were workers.
The workers were trapped for at least 15 minutes.
The Boston Fire Department has requested a response from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
Officials are currently investigating the structural integrity of the sidewalk and street.
Boston Police have confirmed that Dartmouth Street will be closed to traffic from Tremont to Warren and is expected to be closed through the evening commute. Police ask the public to avoid the area.
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