Man killed in Bel Aire trench collapse was father of 6

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Jesse Foster | GoFundMe Jesse Foster | GoFundMe
BEL AIRE, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities have identified a man who was killed when tons of dirt fell on him in a trench in Bel Aire.

A spokesperson for Sedgwick County said Jesse Foster died in the accident Wednesday morning at 53rd Street North and Industry Drive. Police Chief Darrell Atteberry said he was at the bottom of the trench when between 16 and 20 tons of dirt shifted and fell on top of him.

Workers tried for hours to rescue the man, including digging with heavy equipment and their hands to reach him.

Foster was declared dead about five hours after the accident, and his body was recovered approximately 45 minutes after that. The spokesperson didn't give Foster's age or hometown. 

An online fund has been established to help Foster's family with funeral expenses. He leaves behind six children.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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