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UPDATE: Rescue crews recover two bodies from construction site trench collapse in Ajax

The Canadian Press
UPDATE: Rescue crews recover two bodies from construction site trench collapse in Ajax

AJAX, Ont. — The bodies of two men have been recovered from a construction site in Ajax, Ont. where a trench collapsed Monday afternoon.

Authorities say the large trench at the site near Rossland and Westney Roads caved in around noon, burying two workers and injuring another two men.

One of the injured was airlifted to a Toronto hospital, while another was taken to a local hospital in Durham Region for a broken ankle.

Firefighters and crews using heavy excavating equipment worked through the night trying to retrieve the buried men.

Durham Regional Police confirmed the bodies of the two missing workers were recovered around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) says it is investigating the cause of the collapse.

Two MLTSD inspectors and one MLTSD engineering consultant were also at the scene. The constructor is Grascan Construction Ltd. The employer of the involved workers is Direct Underground Inc. One requirement was issued to the Constructor, Grascan Construction Ltd.

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