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Ground collapses, kills construction worker

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The body of a construction worker buried in a ground collapse has been located, authorities said.

The worker was located in about six to eight feet of sand and mud, according to Michael Guincho, with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The collapse happened around 1:45 p.m. at the south Hillsborough County Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The plant is undergoing a renovation, which is why construction crews were there.

According to Hillsborough Fire Rescue Chief Ron Rogers, John Rose is a worker who was walking along an underground pipeline when the dirt around him collapsed.

A colleague saw what happened, and tried to hold his hand and help him out. But eventually he had to let go, Rogers said.

Rescuers believed there was a possibility that Rose could have been alive in an underground air pocket, and efforts were underway to rescue him if that were the case. Crews brought in audio equipment and shut down the interstate to see if they could hear anything from the victim, but there was too much other noise, Rogers said.

The interstate, which was closed at Big Bend Road, reopened around 4:30 p.m. Traffic in both directions was at a standstill.

Workplace investigators are also at the scene looking into what led to Rose's death.

An autopsy will be performed on him, Guincho said.

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