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WATERLOO, Iowa — Waterloo Fire Rescue officials have confirmed construction worker Deea Lauritzen, 35, of Jesup, died Friday from injuries sustained in a trench collapse at a worksite on San Marnan Drive.

Pat Treloar, director of fire services for the city, said Saturday that Lauritzen was deceased upon arrival of his crew at around 1:30 p.m. after the west side of the trench caved in on the woman.

Treloar said firefighters worked for three hours to pull the body from the thick, sticky clay of the trench that was at least 10 feet deep.

At the time of the accident, Lauritzen, an employee of Stickfort Construction, was helping to install a sanitary sewer line as part of a housing project along San Marnan Drive between Ansborough Avenue and West Fourth Street.

Waterloo attorney Jim Walsh, who is part of the development group working on the project, said a portion of San Marnan is being relocated and improved with sewer and water infrastructure to make room for 24 building lots adjacent to the Sunnyside Country Club golf course.

Capt. Ryan Mahood said Saturday that Waterloo Fire Rescue called in nine extra off-duty firefighters and technical rescue team members to help pull the body from the ground. They successfully recovered the body at around 5 p.m. Friday.

Treloar said Waterloo Fire Rescue’s technical rescue team called in the use of a city-owned trench box in an effort to reach the victim. The apparatus was used to keep the team safe against further trench collapse while they recovered the body.

Treloar said the collapse was noticed immediately, and workers called 911.

Courier staffers Jeff Reinitz, MacKenzie Elmer and Pat Kinney contributed to this story.

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WATERLOO — Waterloo Fire Rescue crews worked three hours and were finally able to pull the body of a deceased female construction laborer from a collapsed trench Friday.

She had been doing construction work in conjunction with a housing project along San Marnan Drive between Ansborough Avenue and West Fourth Street.

Waterloo attorney Jim Walsh, who is part of the development group working on the project, said the worker, an employee of Stickfort Construction, was doing sewer construction work at the time of the trench collapse.

As part of the project, a portion of San Marnan is being relocated and improved with sewer and water infrastructure to make room for 24 building lots adjacent to the Sunnyside Country Club golf course.

Authorities were called to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. after the trench caved in on the woman.

Capt. Ryan Mahood said Saturday that Waterloo Fire Rescue called in nine extra off-duty firefighters and technical rescue team members to help pull the body from the rubble. They successfully recovered the body at around 5 p.m. Friday.

Pat Treloar, director of fire services for the city, said Waterloo Fire Rescue’s technical rescue team was called to the scene and used a trench box in an effort to reach the victim. Her name has not been released.

Treloar said the collapse was noticed immediately, and workers called 911.

Courier staffers MacKenzie Elmer and Pat Kinney contributed to this story.

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WATERLOO, Iowa --- Authorities have confirmed a construction worker died in a trench collapse along San Marnan Drive Friday afternoon.

The woman's body was recovered shortly after 5 p.m. and taken to a local morgue, officials said.

The construction work was occurring along San Marnan Drive between West Fourth Street and Ansborough Avenue near Sunnyside Country Club.

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WATERLOO, Iowa — Authorities said they are involved in a recovery operation after an individual was trapped in a trench collapse at a construction site this afternoon.

Pat Treloar, director of fire services for the city, called the response a recovery operation not a rescue.

Firefighters and police were called to the section of San Marnan Drive between West Fourth Street and Ansborough Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. after the trench caved in while one person was inside.

He said Waterloo Fire Rescue’s technical rescue team was called to the scene and used a trench box in an effort to reach the victim.

The victim is a construction company employee, he said.

Details about who the accident happened weren’t immediately available, but Treloar said the collapse was noticed immediately, and workers called 911.

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WATERLOO, Iowa --- Police and firefighters are on the scene of a possible trench collapse at a construction site.

Shortly before 2 p.m., rescue crews were called to the area of a recently vacated section of San Marnan Drive between West Fourth Street and Ansborough Avenue near Sunnyside Country Club for what was described as a cave in with one person trapped. The condition of the worker wasn't immediately available.

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