LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A man died in a trench collapse while replacing a sewer line at a home in northern Colorado. Officers were called to the Longmont home Tuesday afternoon, and it took about two hours to reach the man and remove him from the 9-foot-deep hole.

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The man, who was in his 80s, was a contract worker for a Denver-based excavation company. The Longmont Times-Call reports work was being completed in advance of new owners moving into the home, and the residence was unoccupied at the time.

A spokesman for the Longmont Fire Department says the trench hadn’t been shored up.

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