Utility worker dies inside manhole in Cape Coral

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A 53-year-old utility worker died Friday afternoon after becoming trapped inside a manhole.

Crews with Southwest Utility Systems were working on the manhole on the 800 block of NW 13th Avenue, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.

The incident took place near the area of the utilities expansion project work zone, but it’s unclear if the victim was working on that project.

Crew members worked to get the victim out after getting a call of a “man down,” but the victim became unconscious.

Family members on the scene were told the victim, Antonio Pimentel, fell into the manhole and suffocated.

The victim was a father of two children, according to his family.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of death.

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