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2 Dead After Hydrant Collapse Floods Street in Boston's South End

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    NECN Investigates has learned that the company the two men worked for has had several serious violations in recent years. (Published Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016)

    The bodies of two construction workers have been recovered after a hydrant collapse flooded Dartmouth Street in Boston's South End on Friday afternoon.

    Boston Police said they received a call at 12:56 p.m. for a hydrant collapse at 10 Dartmouth St., with two people possibly trapped in a 12-foot hole.

    Two People Presumed Dead After Water Floods Boston StreetTwo People Presumed Dead After Water Floods Boston Street

    Boston Fire said two people were in the hole, which was filled with water. They were presumed dead, and their bodies were recovered later in the evening. The workers were employed by a private company called Atlantic Drain.

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration documents obtained by necn Investigates show that at a previous construction site, Atlantic Drain was fined $30,800 for not protecting an employee from potential cave-ins.

    "An employee was exposed to cave in hazards while working in a 9.1 feet [sic] deep trench that had straight cut walls with no cave in protection," OSHA determined.

    Police, Fire, Mayor, Discuss Fatal Hydrant CollapsePolice, Fire, Mayor, Discuss Fatal Hydrant CollapseTwo people are presumed dead after a hydrant collapse flooded Dartmouth Street in Boston's South End. (Published Friday, Oct. 21, 2016)

    Boston Emergency Medical Services said on Twitter that they have multiple units on scene at a construction site and that two people have been evaluated.

    Photos and videos from the scene show a section of the street covered by water and numerous emergency vehicles blocking off the area.

    Crews Respond to Flooded Street in Boston's South EndCrews Respond to Flooded Street in Boston's South EndWater has flooded a portion of Dartmouth Street in Boston, Massachusetts. (Published Friday, Oct. 21, 2016)

    "My thoughts and prayers are with these two people's families," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "It's a tough situation. Construction is a difficult job."

    He said Dartmouth Street will be shut down for some time. "Not hours - I would say it's gonna be days."

    Man Crawls Out of Flooded Hole in BostonMan Crawls Out of Flooded Hole in BostonJulie Bellino caught this video of a person crawling out of a flooded manhole in Boston. (Published Friday, Oct. 21, 2016)

    Police Commissioner William Evans clarified, saying Dartmouth Street from Warren to Tremont streets will be shut down for the rest of the day Friday, and won't reopen until Saturday at the earliest.

    "It's going to be a recovery, and it's going to be a slow process," he said.

    Though foul play is not suspected, Evans said the homicide unit was brought in and will work with OSHA and the fire department to investigate.

    "It looks like an accident," he said.

    Evans said he isn't sure if a police detail was stationed at the construction site.

    "I heard officers screaming on the air very quickly to get fire and everyone down here," he said. "I think they realized very quickly we had workers trapped in the hole."

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