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A construction worker, 38, of Ellis Grove was killed in a construction accident, Monday, when a ditch he was digging collapsed on him in Millstadt, Illinois.

Also killed in the cave-in was another worker, 48, of Benton, Illinois. Both men were employed by Midwest Petroleum and Excavating Inc.

A trench approximately eight to ten feet high collapsed on two construction workers. Emergency crews from Millstadt, St. Clair County, Swansea, Cahokia and the Illinois State Police were called at approximately 3 p.m. in an attempt to rescue the victims.

The second leading cause of construction related deaths in the United States is trench cave-ins, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accident is under investigation, at this time officials are unsure what caused the cave-in or what safety precautions had been taken.

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