JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson emergency crews responded to a report on Tuesday night that someone was buried in dirt at the intersection of Stonewall and Livingston Road.
The Jackson Fire Department responded to the call around 6:00 p.m., which was thought to be a rescue effort. After hours of attempting to rescue, it was determined the construction worker died when dirt collapsed burying him under 20 feet of debris.
The Hinds County coroner identified the victim as Matthew Miller, 33. She said his cause of death was asphyxiation due to the collapse of a trench that he was digging.
Other workers were present when the dirt collapsed, but they were able to escape unharmed, according to Jackson Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released the following statement:
I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues of Matthew Miller. Mr. Miller, a 33-year-old construction worker, died tragically at a work site here in Jackson Tuesday evening.
We mourn all deaths that occur in Jackson, but it is particularly heartbreaking when someone dies while performing their job responsibilities. I want the Miller family to know myself and the City mourns his tragic death and will keep them in our prayers.
The Jackson Police Department is currently investigating how this incident occurred.Chokwe A. Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) told WJTV 12 News that the agency has initiated an investigation into the incident.