Construction worker's leg amputated

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Fire and safety officials say a trench that collapsed and buried a construction worker in Lawton for 14 hours was not properly secured by a metal box.

Officials say Alejandro Cabrera has had his right leg amputated and remains hospitalized in critical condition following the Nov. 18 incident.

Assistant Lawton Fire Chief Jay Head says when he arrived at the scene he saw the metal box that's intended to brace the trench sitting nearby - unused.

Cabrera worked for Hooper Construction of Wichita Falls, Texas, which was laying sewer lines for a housing development.

Construction has resumed at the site while the federal Occupational and Health Administration investigates the incident.

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