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2 men identified after dying from a trench collapse in Jarrell

Both men were buried 24 feet underground in a two-foot wide space after a trench collapsed in the area of 13700 North I-35 on June 28.

JARRELL, Texas — The Williamson County Sheriff's Office confirmed the identities of the two men who died after they were buried alive when a trench collapsed in Jarrell.

The two men were identified as Jimmy L. Alvarado, 20, and Jose Vargas Ramirez, 39, wrote WCSO's Lt. Russell Travis in an email to 6 News.

Alvarado and Ramirez were buried 24 feet underground in a two-foot wide space after a trench collapsed in the area of 13700 North I-35 on June 28. The two were digging for a new development in the area when the accident happened.

It took a total of 23 hours for authorities to recover both men's bodies.

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Alvarado grew up in Jarrell and attended Jarrell ISD, according to his obituary. He played football for the Cougars and graduated in 2019. He was a husband and a father, his obit says.

There's a GoFundMe set up to help Alvarado's family with funeral expenses.

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Jimmy Lee Alvarado, 20, died after a trench collapsed in Jarrell, TX on June 28, 2022.

A GoFundMe set up for Ramirez described him as a father of two sons, as well as being the only provider for his parents in Mexico. The organizer said his funeral will be in Mexico and they hope to raise money for the funeral expenses, as well as help cover the transportation costs for his sons to go to Mexico and attend the funeral.

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Jose Ramirez, 39, died after a trench collapsed in Jarrell, TX on June 28, 2022.

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