Two men killed in trench collapse

September 30, 2018

A trench collapsed in Indian Springs Friday afternoon, trapping and killing two men.

The victims have been identified as Juan Baez-Sanchez and Victoriano Garcia-Perez. Initial investigation indicates the most likely cause of death to be suffocation.

“This was a very tragic accident, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr said in a statement.

The men were both workers at a residential construction site at 120 S. Indian Springs Drive.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a trench collapse from dispatch at approximately 3:03 p.m. Friday. EMS personnel were first on the scene at approximately 3:13 p.m. and found one person deceased.

In the process of recovering the first deceased victim, the additional victim was found deceased.

Baez-Sanchez and Garcia-Perez were believed to be have been working in a 12- to 15-foot-deep trench before it collapsed. The Incident Command team was responsible for recovering their bodies and the safety of responders working in the trench. The last responding units left the scene at approximately 11:16 p.m. after ensuring there were no additional victims.

According to the Teton County GIS, the construction site is owned by Wilson developer Jamie Mackay. No more details about the victims, including their ages or towns of residence, have been released.

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