UPDATE: Edmond authorities confirmed that two workers who fell down a manhole have died from their injuries.
Edmond authorities received a 9-1-1 call at around 3:43 p.m. regarding two workers falling down a 54-inch sewer line that was under construction and not in service.
Edmond firefighters arrived and found two men at the bottom of the line.
Firefighters sent monitors into the hole and found that the atmosphere at the bottom was deficient of oxygen, according to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Denton.
“They confirmed that we did have two males that were fatalities that had died in the hole,” Denton said. “We immediately transitioned from rescue mode into recovery mode.”
Responders pulled the bodies of both men out of the manhole. Neither man could be saved by life-saving procedures.
The outcome was tragic, Denton said.
“We wish that we weren’t in this today, but here we are,” he said. “There were two confirmed fatalities. So, our hearts and prayers go out to the families and the construction company and coworkers that this is going to affect directly.”
The investigation will continue to determine each man’s exact cause of death, as well as how they became trapped in the hole.
EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – One person is dead and another person was rescued after both became trapped in a manhole at a worksite in Edmond.
Edmond emergency responders were called to the area of Covell and Midwest Boulevard.
Two people fell down a manhole at that location and became trapped.
One of the two people died in the manhole.
Emergency responders lowered an air line and a ladder into the manhole. They rescued the person who survived the fall and recovered the body of the person who perished.
No further details were provided.
More information will be provided once available.