Man killed after trench collapses in northeast Ohio

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — A 28-year-old man has died after a trench for a waterline project collapsed in a city east of Cleveland.

A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the collapse Tuesday afternoon in Mentor occurred in a trench 6 to 8 feet deep. The man died after being flown from one hospital to a second medical facility.

OSHA is investigating. Spokesman Scott Allen on Tuesday called the collapse an “avoidable and preventable tragedy.”

Mentor is about 25 miles east of downtown Cleveland.

A statement from the city of Mentor says a company called AquaOhio had dug the trench to relocate water lines. Company officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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