A man was killed in a trench collapse in Alexander County Wednesday (May 19). At approximately 2 p.m., Alexander EMS and Ellendale First Responders were dispatched to Big D’s Diner on US 64-90 west of Taylorsville. A portion of a trench had collapsed and trapped a man. The man was removed from the trench but was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The victim was identified as 38-year-old Shane Anthony Sharpe of Taylorsville. The trench was part of a project to replace a large culvert in the parking lot of the business. Sheriff Chris Bowman said co-workers and first-responders did everything they could have to try to save the man. The investigation is continuing.[Story and photo courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB, information also provided by Gary Herman, Alexander County Public Information Officer]