NC man and another man die after being trapped in Virginia landfill

(WAVY)
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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two landfill employees, including one man from North Carolina, died Tuesday after they became trapped in a vertical drain pipe in Suffolk.

The incident is at John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc., off of Nansemond Parkway, and began around 11:45 a.m.

Crews from Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach were contacted to assist Suffolk Fire & Rescue in the rescue efforts. Now, the Suffolk Police Department and OSHA will be conducting an investigation.

Suffolk Police Spokesperson Diana Klink said crews were initially unable to reach the trapped individuals because of their location and the condition of the ground around the confined space. They used rope and harness equipment to try to rescue the men.

Around 2:30 p.m., police confirmed the employees had died.

Police have identified the employees as Eric O’Brien Williams, of Portsmouth, and Steve L. Wilk, of Moyock, North Carolina.

The pipe the employees were stuck in was 20 feet deep and 3 feet wide, according to Suffolk Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Ted Adams.

Diana Klink with Suffolk Police tells WAVY two people are confined in what she described as a concrete piping or a manhole. The incident is at John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc., off of Nansemond Parkway, and began around 11:45 a.m.

Suffolk Tech Rescue is currently being assisted by Chesapeake crews. Norfolk and Virginia Beach crews have been called to the scene, along with Nightingale.

Klink said crews were initially unable to reach the trapped individuals because of their location and the condition of the ground around the confined space.

Nightingale air ambulance left the scene Tuesday afternoon without patients.

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