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Coroner releases identity of Dixie Highway trench collapse victim

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The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is now investigating the construction company to find out if there was adequate protection for its workers. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is now investigating the construction company to find out if there was adequate protection for its workers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A construction worker died yesterday when a dirt pile collapsed into the trench he was working on with another person. 

The sewer line the men were working on is on Dixie Highway, directly between the Sin Din Lounge and some railroad tracks. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is now investigating the construction company to find out if there was adequate protection for its workers.

We're told the men were doing work for Josh Lefevre Construction, which is out of Jackson, Tennessee. We reached the company by phone Friday, but it did not release a statement.

Emergency responders performed a six-hour rescue in 97 degree heat to get the surviving victim out.

"He was pretty deep down in there,” said Capt. Shannon Dossey with PRP Fire.

Dossey was the first rescuer to go down in the hole. He says firefighters knew when they got on scene one of the subjects was deceased.

He said their first priority was to get the other man out safely.

“He couldn't get to his foot that was pinned so we did it for him eventually, after getting down in there,” he said.

The Jefferson County Trench Rescue Team worked for hours to get him out, going down in the hole -- two firefighters at a time -- 30 minutes at a time.

They used big panels to keep another collapse from happening during the rescue.

“It holds the dirt back so we can go down in the hole,” Dossey explained.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is investigating what caused the trench to collapse.

The Jefferson County Deputy Coroner says the man who died is 19-year-old Jonathon Moore of Cedar Grove, Tennessee.

The surviving victim's name has not been released but he's already out of the hospital.

"He walked up the ladder which is very unusual. Usually they're deceased or hurt pretty bad. It was amazing. He's a very lucky man,” said Dossey.

Officials tell WDRB the men had been on the job for a couple of weeks when the accident happened.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is also investigating whether or not the construction site had a shoring protection line five feet deep, which is a state law.

More: Police say 1 dead after Emergency crews called to Dixie Highway for trench rescue

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