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Worker killed in Eastpointe trench collapse identified as 45-year-old husband, father

He worked 13 years with the city
Posted at 11:25 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 12:26:17-05

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Department of Public Works employee who died late Wednesday in a trench collapse in Eastpointe has been identified as Brian Theobald, 45, the city's manager said in a statement released Thursday.

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Theobald was an employee with the Department of Public Works for 13 years. He died while repairing a water main break in the area when the trench collapsed and subsequently trapped and killed him.

First responders worked to free Theobald and he was taken to a local hospital for life-saving treatment. He later died from his injuries.

He's survived by his wife and two children.