Coroner: Ohio man, 49, dies after falling into trench outside Washington County house |

Coroner: Ohio man, 49, dies after falling into trench outside Washington County house

Natasha Lindstrom
Crews attempted to rescue a person trapped in a trench in North Strabane Township, Washington County on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, initial reports indicated.

An Ohio man died Friday after the trench he was working in collapsed in the yard of a Washington County house, officials said.

Richard St. John, 49, of Bellaire, Ohio, was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m. — nearly four hours after 911 dispatchers received a report about the incident in North Strabane, the Washington County Coroner’s Office said.

Firefighters, police and medics responded about 1:20 p.m. to a report of a person trapped in a trench near Brehm Road and Staley Lane east of Route 19, a county 911 shift commander said.

Rescue workers spent hours trying to dig the man out of the trench, which apparently collapsed while he was working on a sewer line about six to 10 feet deep at his significant other’s house, Trib news partner WPXI-TV reported.

Among the emergency officials who responded: firefighters from North Strabane, Canonsburg and Peters Township, public works officials from North Strabane and Peters and the Washington County Department of Public Safety.

The coroner arrived shortly after 4 p.m.

North Strabane police continue to investigate.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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