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Road remains closed after man's body recovered from construction site

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An Ensley road remains closed days after a man's body was recovered from being trapped underground at a construction site.

Officials say 24th Street Southwest between Mayfield and Northland Avenues could be closed for several days. The street connects several West End communities with Jefferson Avenue.

A 31-year-old man died on August 30 while was doing plumbing work in the area when the ground around him gave way and buried him underneath.

He and several others were working at a site where a home was being built. Other men were at the site when the ground collapsed, but they were able to escape without injury.

First responders worked tirelessly throughout the day trying to get him free, but about six hours into their search they found the man's body.

His name has not yet been released.

Firefighters say they know the road closure will cause problems and inconvenience, but they say they simply don't have a choice. It's a matter of public safety.

"A lot of dirt that caused it, the incident, came from under the road. So the road is starting to collapse it seems. So the road will be closed through an extended period of time," said Birmingham Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Buddy Wilks.

The road could be closed for the rest of the week.

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