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Two workers dead in Metro East trench collapse

By AP/KWMU

Millstadt, Ill. – Authorities in the Metro East have identified two construction workers killed when a trench collapsed Monday near the village of Millstadt.

Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Bob Shay said Walter Eickelman of Benton and Ron Yankey of Ellis Grove died in the accident Monday afternoon.

Eickelman was 48. Shay said he doesn't know Yankey's age because he had no identification when he was found.

Workers dug for hours before recovering the men's bodies.

Federal workplace safety investigators are trying to pinpoint why the accident happened.

Authorities say the two men were working to install a new line at a sewage-treatment site.

The trench was eight to ten feet deep and made of dirt and clay.

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