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DART Railroad Construction Accident

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A trench collapsed along a DART rail line that is under construction in Deep Ellum killing one worker and injuring another, officials say.

The accident happened at 1:30pm on Friday at a worksite along Malcolm X Blvd. near Elm Street. The trench collapsed on two workers who were working to reset a water line between future Deep Ellum and Baylor stations along the planned Green Line rail tracks.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said the department’s technical rescue team was called to the scent to help rescue two workers. Firefighters dug their way to the victim trapped beneath the rubble, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was pulled from the site and taken to the hospital; his condition is unknown.

A total of 16 fire personnel worked at the scene to extricate the victims, Ms. Ponce said.

Mr. Lyons said work along that portion of the Green Line would be shut down until OSHA officials can complete their investigation and return the site back to DART.

“We’ve never had a fatal accident like this on the DART rail system, going back to 1992,” he said. “Our own staff will work with OSHA to investigate what happened and learn from it.”