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Allen Thomas & James Jackson Die in Trench Collapse in Columbus, Georgia

Posted: 12:50 pm Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 EDT

Monday, August 26, 2013, James Jackson, 50, and Allen Thomas, 64, both of Columbus, Georgia died after an improperly supported trench collapsed at the Summit Pointe Apartments. While four others were able to get out of the trench as it came down around them, James Jackson and Allen Thomas were unable to reach safety and suffocated to death under tons of dirt as Jackson's son, Mike, who was operating heavy equipment on site watched.

OSHA is investigating the accident which may lead to fines and even criminal charges.

I would like to offer my condolences to the Jackson and Thomas families.