The Boston Fire Department says the area around a fire hydrant collapsed, trapping two construction workers in the 12-foot pit as it quickly filled with water.
The incident occurred around 1:00 p.m. local time on Dartmouth Street. NECN reports that Boston Fire claimed two men are in the hole, which at the time was still filled with water. The two men are employed by a private company.
Officials are shoring up the trench so it is safer to recover the two presumed dead workers from the pit. According to Boston’s Mayor, the area could be closed off for days.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),