Fatal Accident at Temescal Canyon Project Forces City to Evaluate Next Steps

State and local officials have temporarily stopped construction at the site of a trench accident that killed one man and critically injured another  Thursday afternoon in  Pacific Palisades.

State and local officials are evaluating how to safely proceed at the site, which is located along Temescal Canyon Road near Pacific Coast Highway.

According to the City’s Bureau of Sanitation, a trench collapsed and trapped two contract workers at the  new Prop O water treatment facility project.

A spokesperson with the Bureau of Sanitation says the project is currently under evaluation.

“We are discussing the best way to move forward,” said Wing Tam, spokesperson for the Bureau of Sanitation.  “Out of caution, we’re figuring out how to proceed while making sure we don’t run into this again.”

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl issued a statement upon hearing news of the accident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two contract workers involved in the trench accident along Temescal Canyon Road,” said Rosendahl. “As one family deals with the loss and the other provides much needed love and support during recovery, please know the City of Los Angeles appreciates the service of these men and their efforts to improve our quality of life.”

A report from state investigators is expected in the next several months.

The Temescal Canyon Prop O project proposes to divert stormwater from an existing storm drain to the Temescal Canyon Park. The stormwater will be treated then diverted through several channels for further treatment at the Hyperion Treatment Plant. More information on the project can be found here.

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