One dead, another trapped in trench collapse

A MAN has been killed and another has been rushed to hospital with serious lower body injuries after a trench collapsed in regional Victoria.

It happened at Delacombe, southwest of Ballarat, around 11.15am on Wednesday.

It’s understood the men were digging trenches around four-metres deep near the Glenelg Highway to lay pipe for a new housing development when the soil caved in.


One man died at the scene, while an excavator was used to dig out the second man who was trapped in the trench for more than an hour.

He has since been airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious lower body injuries.

Investigators from Worksafe Victoria have arrived on the scene to investigate the incident.

The Glenelg Highway has been closed between Wilshire Lane and Masada Boulevard with traffic diversions in place while investigations are carried out.