Worker Dies in Westwood Trench

The worker was found in a 20-foot deep hole in the West LA area

Fire-rescue crews attempting to reach a victim in an approximately 20-foot deep hole in West LA area have determined the man is dead.

The rescue attempt in the 2000 block of Malcolm Avenue (map), south of Santa Monica Boulevard and east of the 405 Freeway, was called off before 11 a.m. The location is near Westwood Charter School.

The LA City Fire Department reported that the hole did not collapse and the plumbing company employee was not buried under dirt. Investigators are attempting to determine whether the death might have been caused by electrical current.

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