Victim in June 24 trench accident identified

Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department responded to a call June 24 after a large steel plate used for stabilizing a trench fell on a Dunedin man and crushed him.

CLEARWATER — Public safety officials have identified the man who died in a June 24 construction accident in the 1400 block of Jeffords Street in Clearwater.

Officials say the man was Manolo Ruiz-Sanchez, 36, of Dunedin.

Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department responded to a call about 1 p.m. June 24 after a large steel plate used for stabilizing a trench fell on Ruiz-Sanchez and crushed him.

Ruiz-Sanchez was working on a city of Clearwater stormwater project. Keystone Excavators Inc. is the city's contractor for the project.