HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two people were injured and one person killed in a trench collapse at a construction site in Huntsville on Thursday.
Huntsville City Spokesperson Kelly Schrimsher said on Friday that no one is working on the site today, and it is unknown when work will resume on the stormwater drainage system.
“With the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Public Works employees won’t return until Tuesday, and the City will have grief counselors available that morning to meet with the workers”, said Schrimsher.
Schrimsher also stated that further examinations of the incident will take place, but as of right now there are no new details on the situation.
On Thursday, Huntsville Fire Chief Mac McFarlen confirmed crews were called to the stadium at 12:53 p.m.
In addition to Huntsville Fire Heavy Rescue, McFarlen said Madison Fire Heavy Rescue was called to the scene as well, along with HEMSI, Huntsville Police, and the Madison County Rescue Squad.
Huntsville Police confirm emergency crews rescued two people that were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
McFarlen confirmed a third person was killed in the collapse. Authorities identified the man who died in the incident as 55-year-old Bobby Green.
“The City of Huntsville mourns the loss of one of our valued members of our Public Works team. I ask that our City family and the Huntsville community pray for the families of Bobby Green and for the two employees who were injured. Bobby will be missed by many,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.
All three victims are City of Huntsville Public Works employees.
“No matter how much equipment or manpower you’ve got, a situation like this is extremely difficult,” said McFarlen. “There are so many things that can go wrong…If you get enough people up there standing around and walking you may cause a secondary collapse.”
The Department of Public Works has been doing site work around the stadium to prepare the site for a new facility that will replace Joe Davis Stadium. The completion of the facility is set for the fall of 2022.