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Man, 23, dies after being buried on Sand Island

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UPDATE 2:30 p.m.

The man trapped in the trench this morning has died, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources has confirmed.

The 23-year-old contract worker was involved in a Sand Island improvement project and was working in a trench when it collapsed.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.

The Honolulu Fire Department said that the Sand Island trench the 23-year-old man was in had collapsed, trapping him.

When HFD arrived on the scene, the man had been pulled out, and was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Previous coverage

A 23-year-old man reportedly working at a construction site on Sand Island is in critical condition after being buried in dirt.

Honolulu Emergency Medical Services responded to a 911 call just before 10 a.m. about a man in distress. The victim was in a trench at a construction site behind a baseball field at the end of Sand Island Parkway, EMS said.

The man was reportedly doing work when he was covered almost completely by dirt. Callers said they could only see his hand sticking out from the ground.

EMS estimated that the man was buried for less than five minutes.

Paramedics arrived and administered advanced life support on the man and transported him to an emergency room.

It’s not yet clear how the man became covered in dirt.

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