Victims in trench collapse identified

Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 1:20 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2022 at 3:05 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – Rescue workers Monday afternoon recovered the body of a Jonesboro construction site worker buried beneath several feet of dirt when a trench collapsed.

According to a Jonesboro police report, 31-year-old Austin Neth of Walnut Ridge died when a trench collapsed on him. Matt Buckley, 39, of Maynard, suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The men were building a trench in the 4700 block of East Johnson Avenue around 1 p.m. Dec. 12 when a wall collapsed onto them.

By 3 p.m., rescuers had pulled Buckley out and taken him to the hospital.

A short time later, rescue crews recovered Neth’s body.

According to the report, both men were employed by SDT Solutions.

The cause of the collapse and the name of the company involved in the work are not known.

Emergency crews are on the scene on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.
Emergency crews are on the scene on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.(KAIT)

Region 8 News will update this story with more information as new details become available.