Denver Fire Department pulls half-buried man from trench, but he didn't survive

DENVER - A man died in Denver after being partially buried in dirt, according to the Denver Fire Department.

Spokesman Mark Watson confirmed radio traffic that the man was partially buried in an alley near 4251 N Grove. Watson said the incident began as a medical call around 11:16 a.m.

Once firefighters understood a rescue would be necessary, crews were sent to the area. Watson said the man was in a trench that was 10 or 12 feet deep, and buried up to his waist.

It took between 10 and 15 minutes to dig him out.

"He had very faint vital signs when they first got to him. And once they got him out of the hole, those vital signs didn't increase," Watson said.

Watson was unsure what led to the man being partially buried, but said the man was working with several others around a backhoe. The incident is not believed to involve foul play, but Watson said it would be investigated.

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