Safety questions follow fatal trench collapse in Bel Aire

BEL AIRE, Kan. Emergency crews and firefighters were out for hours last Wednesday (Dec. 20) trying to free the body of Jesse Foster from 16 to 20 tons of dirt in a hole approximately 10 feet deep.

Police say Foster was working in the hole near 53rd North and Webb Road in Bel Aire when dirt somehow shifted and fell on top of him. Foster was doing subcontracting work for Wilks Underground Utilities, which was putting in lines.

Following up on what happened last Wednesday, Eyewitness News Tuesday spoke with one woman who says her husband also subcontracts for a gas-line company and has gone through a lot of training.

Members of Foster's family say they have questions about what happened Wednesday and how it happened.

We do know the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was at the scene of the accident the day that it happened, but we have not heard an official cause of the accident nor what caused the dirt to fall.