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Residents worried about safety after trench collapse in Birmingham

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If you travel down 24th Street Southwest in Birmingham you'll see barricades blocking your path. They're set up at the intersections of Mayfield and Northland Avenues.

The city questions the stability of the area after 31-year old Ladonte McCruter of Bessemer was killed Saturday when the trench he was working in collapsed on top of him.

"A lot of dirt that caused the incident came from under the road, so the road is starting to collapse and sink," said Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Buddy Wilks, shortly after the incident occurred Saturday.

That fact is especially alarming for longtime resident Barbara Runner, who lives across the street from where the incident took place.

"Who's to say that the yard might not cave in while the kids are out there playing? That it can stretch not just from the road but to the actual yards and stuff like that," said Runner.

It is unclear what exactly caused the cave-in Saturday. Officials have not said if it may have been the environment itself or some sort of human error.

As for any immediate danger to neighboring houses, Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson doesn't think residents have to worry.

Roberson, who represents the district, told FOX6 News he doesn't believe there is any reason that residents need to be alarmed. He says the road was closed strictly as a precautionary measure.

It is not know at this time how long the road will be closed but firefighters told us on Saturday that it will be at least a week.

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