Two dead following Payette County trench collapse

Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 13:13:22-04


Two men have been killed in a trench collapse in rural Payette County.

Payette County says the men were 59-year-old Javier Ortega, Jr. of New Plymouth and 51-year-old Arcenio Carrillo of Vale. The county has not yet been able to confirm the company the men were working for.

The two were trapped when a trench collapsed on SW 1st Street near Akron Road.

“Emergency response personnel were not able to resuscitate the two men. They died as a result of this incident,” said Payette County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Creech. “The men were working for a private company, installing irrigation pipes, when the trench they were working in collapsed.”

A GoFundMe has been started for the family of Ortega to help them pay for funeral expenses. If you'd like to donate, you can do so here.

The trench's collapse is under investigation.


Several emergency crews are on the scene of a trench collapse in rural Payette County. Authorities say two men are trapped after the collapse.

The collapse was first reported around 8:36 a.m. Wednesday on Southwest First Avenue, between Akron and Butte Road. The Payette County Sheriff's Office says the scene is about one mile west of the New Plymouth city limits.

The Sheriff's Office, Payette County Paramedics, New Plymouth QRU, Fruitland City Fire Department, Idaho State Police, Payette County Coroner's Office, and Payette County Highway District crews are all on the scene. Payette County Sheriff's Office Lt. Andy Creech says the collapse took place on the side of the road where a backhoe was doing some construction work.

Crews from the nearby Durham Construction Company are also on scene. No further details were immediately available.