Man dies after attempted trench rescue in Columbia County

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say the man that got stuck in a trench on Thursday has succumbed to his injuries.

Officials say on January 14 at approximately 3:15 p.m., New York State Police from the New Lebanon barracks were dispatched by Columbia County 911 to assist Chatham Fire and Rescue with a construction site accident that occurred at a home on Route 5 in New Lebanon.

Police say 38-year-old Jesse Finley of New Lebanon, was assisting a family member install footing drainage around the home. Finley was inside of the 8′ deep ditch connecting drain pipe when the sides of the trench collapsed, burying him.

Despite rescue efforts attempted by Finley’s family and first responders, Finley was pronounced deceased at the scene by Chatham Rescue Squad.

The State Police were assisted by Chatham Rescue Squad, New York State Fire, Lebanon Valley Protective Association, Columbia County Coroner Michael Blasl, and the Colonie Fire Company Trench Rescue/Technical Rescue Unit.

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