In this week's news, one person is dead following a trench collapse in Michigan, Vac-One Services continues to add to its company by buying Crossfire, and directional drilling is used to restore water to customers in Alabama


One person is dead and another one was injured following a trench collapse in Wyoming, Michigan, on Oct. 9.

According to emergency responders, when crews arrived one man was waist-deep in dirt and other was completely covered. The man who was waist-deep was rescued and transported to the hospital.

The men were digging a sewer line as deep as 20 feet near a home. OSHA is investigating the incident.

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Vac-One Services Acquires Crossfire

Vac-One Services announced Oct. 4 that it has purchased hydroexcavation company Crossfire LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition included the purchase of hydroexavation trucks and related equipment and the hiring of all associated Crossfire employees. Crossfire, based in Durango, Colorado, will join the company’s existing operating companies of Texas ReExavation (T-Rex) and Cyclone Services.

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Zephaniah Lee, who currently serves at the manager of Crossfire’s hydroexavation services operations, will join Cyclone as its general manager of operations and will oversee the acquired operations.

Directional Drilling Used to Restore Water to Customers

Directional drilling was used to repair a broken water main that left part of an Alabama community with little or no water for two weeks.

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According to WTOK-TV, water was restored Oct. 8 for nearly 40 households in Sumter County’s Cuba area. Those 40 lived on elevated property where it was harder to restore pressure and service.

The break was in marshland with limited access, and a contractor specializing in directional drilling was needed to complete the work.

Directional Drilling Portion of Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction Begins

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Crews in Coos Bay, Oregon, will use a directional drill to install a pipeline along several local streets and portions of Ocean Boulevard as part of the new wastewater treatment facility construction.

The directional drilling began Oct. 9. It is anticipated it will take crews about two months to install the pipe.

Construction of the wastewater treatment facility began in March and has a completion date of September 2018, according to city officials.

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