MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the man who was buried underground in a Blue Earth County construction site Monday.
The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old James Erickson, from Ironwood, Mich., died of probable asphyxia.READ MORE: Firefighters Hurt By Falling Porch During Minneapolis House Fire
Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, the sheriff’s department responded to a call of a construction accident in Lincoln, Minn. The accident occurred at the intersection of County Road 30 and 171st Street.
Upon arrival, officials learned Erickson had been working in a trench on the site when the sides caved in and buried him.READ MORE: Willis' 3 Keeps Gopher Men Unbeaten, Beating Bulldogs 81-76
A rescue situation began, but crews were hindered by the instability in the area.
Around 8:15 p.m. crews were finally able to recover Erickson’s body.MORE NEWS: First Major Snowfall Brings Avalanche Of Wintery Pics
He was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office. The manner of death was determined to be an accident.