Worker killed in Warren County trench collapse identified

(WLWT Photo)

MORROW, Ohio (WLWT)The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person killed when a trench collapsed in Morrow Thursday afternoon.

25-year-old Zachary Hess died when the trench he was working in collapsed.

Workers began a recovery effort immediately after the trench collapsed, but they could not rescue Hess. Authorities said Hess’ body was buried nearly 25 feet below the surface.

First responders from several agencies worked to rescue Hess. It took crews nearly 11 hours to recover Hess’ body, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue team as well as fire departments and other first responders converged on the neighborhood.

The collapse was reported at about 12:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Anne Marie Drive. The trench is in The Woodlands at Morrow, a new housing development off Morrow-Woodville Road/Ohio Route 24.

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