VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) – Police have identified the construction worker who died after becoming trapped in a trench in Vernon on Friday.

Police began an investigation after a construction worker perished after becoming trapped inside a trench when the dirt collapsed in on him. Police identified the man as Dennis Slater, 56, of East Windsor.

Police said emergency personnel and construction workers were able to free Slater from the trench and provide medical aid. He was then transported to Manchester Hospital by ambulance where he died from his injuries, according to police.

Detectives from the Vernon Police Department and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the accident.

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Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Vernon Police Department at 860-872-9126.