Second man dies after trench collapse

UPDATE at 12:30 PM on THURSDAY | A YOUNG man critically injured in a trench collapse in regional Victoria on Wednesday has sadly died in hospital.

Jack Brownlee, 20, was buried and trapped in the trench when it collapsed near the Glenelg Highway at Delacombe, near Ballarat, on Wednesday morning.

Emergency services spent several hours trying to dig Brownlee out of the trench and had to bring in an excavator to assist in the rescue operation.


The 20-year-old was eventually freed and airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he spent the night in a critical condition, undergoing multiple surgeries.

Sadly, his family released a statement his morning, confirming their son and brother had succumbed to his injuries and passed away, despite the best efforts of medical staff to keep him alive.

Jack Brownlee (Source: Facebook)

“On behalf of Dave, Janine, Mitch family and friends, we have the unfortunate task of announcing our son, brother and best mate Jackie Boy has passed away,” the statement read.

“We would like to thank the efforts of the amazing team at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for their care, compassion and efforts over the past 24 hours.

“We the family know that what could be done was done to get our boy back up and running.

“This is a very trying time for all family and friends and would like all to respect our privacy at the sad time.

“Rest In Peace Jacky Boy Brownlee, king of the jungle, bollard, snake a moit, JUNK YARD DOG, chopper, VB SWALLOWING ANIMAL, you will never ever be forgotten mate.”

A fellow worker aged in his 30s was buried in the collapse and died at the scene.

FIRST on WEDNESDAY | 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.