Jersey Shore Worker Killed After Trench Collapses on Him

Sun Gazette
By PHILIP A. HOLMES pholmes@sungazette.com

JERSEY SHORE – A man installing a sewer lateral was killed Tuesday morning when a pile of dirt, believed to be at least 5 feet high, suddenly collapsed into the trench he was working in at Elm Street, according to investigators.

A police officer, who arrived on the scene at 332 Elm St. within a minute after the 8:30 a.m. trench collapse, tried to save the man, but there was little he could do.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. identified the victim as Stephen P. Beattie, 52, a former long-time South Williamsport employee who in recent weeks had been hired by Krape Excavating, of Pine Creek Township.

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