Plumber dies after trench collapses in North Houston

According to officials with the Houston Fire Department, a plumber that was trapped in a trench has died.

This took place at about 7:30, and fire officials say a friend of the plumber tried to rescue him.

According to Houston firefighters, the plumber and his friend were installing pipes when the nearly 7-foot-deep trench collapsed on the plumber. Officials said the man’s friend tried to use a backhoe to save him but could not get him free. The soil gave way under the backhoe and the machine tilted into the trench, officials said.

Firefighters said that by the time they arrived, the man was dead.

The plumber's identity has not been released.

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