UPDATE: One person dead in construction accident on Rapid City’s north side

(UPDATE 12/24/20 2:45 P.M.): The Occupational Health and Safety Administration says the two men buried in a trench collapse in Rapid City earlier this week worked for Nelsen Construction. OSHA identified the company on Wednesday but declined to release any more information until its investigation is complete.


(UPDATE 12/21/20 9:40 P.M.): RCFD PIO Tessa Jaeger stated in a press release that the body of the male who was completely submerged was recovered from the trench around 8:45 p.m. The identity of the deceased has not been released.


(UPDATE 12/21/20 5 P.M.): RCFD Public Information Officer Tessa Jaeger confirms there was a trench collapse at the construction site. One worker was fully submerged, while the other was buried up to his chest. The worker that was only partially buried was rescued. Recovery is likely to be a lengthy process.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — One person is dead following an afternoon construction accident on Rapid City’s north side.

Section Chief Robert Rendon of the Rapid City Fire Department confirms that a construction accident near the intersection of Coal Bank and Auburn Drive in Rapid City has now transitioned from a rescue effort to a recovery effort.

The incident occurred while construction workers used a backhoe on a trench working on a home near an apartment complex.

Two males were involved in the accident; one has been rescued with no injuries. A recovery effort is now underway for the second male involved.

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