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Trench collapses, killing worker in Mint Hill

Federal officials were in Mint Hill on Wednesday, investigating the site where a worker was killed Tuesday evening in a trench collapse.

Authorities said James Mitcham, 46, of Wingate, died when the wall collapsed in a trench that he was working in. Mitcham was working for a Union County construction company, police said.

The incident was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 9800 block of Blackbird Hill Lane. That is in a neighborhood off Truelight Church Road, northeast of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road.

Mint Hill police said the victim was in a trench at a house construction site when the wall collapsed. Neighbors said rescue workers told them the trench wall was 20 feet high.

The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) will investigate the incident.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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