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Mar 15, 2013 7:52 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

1 rescued, 1 dead after trench collapses in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department says one man has died and the other has been rescued safely after a construction trench collapsed in Pacific Palisades.

Department spokesman Erik Scott says firefighters were able to pull the first construction worker from the trench about an hour after the Thursday afternoon collapse and he was flown to a hospital.

Fire officials say his vital signs were good.

Firefighters then focused on the second man, who was trapped more severely and had been unconscious since they arrived, but he was determined to be dead before rescuers could free him.

It took crews about nine hours to recover the man's body.

The men were working in the 15-foot trench on a storm-water treatment project.

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