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Last Text From Worker Before Fatal Trench Collapse: ‘It’s Getting Deep’

“It’s getting deep,” is the text a worker sent to his girlfriend two hours before a 12-foot deep trench collapsed and killed him, according to a lawyer for his family.

James Rogers, 33, of Winchester, Ohio, died from asphyxiation and “mechanical chest compression,” according to a death certificate.

Rogers sent the text which included a photo of the trench at 11:24 a.m. on June 15. Police say 911 was called at 1:44 p.m.

His girlfriend responded to his text at 11:26 a.m.: “OMG babe be smart! And safe.”

Rogers was working for KRW Plumbing in Washington Township, near Dayton.

Craig Matthews, a lawyer for Rogers’ family, released information regarding the incident and text to the Dayton Daily News. The family is weighing legal options in the case.

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