2 men trapped in manhole at Virginia landfill die

SUFFOLK, Va. --  Two men who were trapped in a vertical concrete culvert at the John C. Holland Landfill have died.

Landfill rescue (WTKR)

Landfill rescue (WTKR)

Emergency crews were called to the 4800 block of Nansemond Parkway shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday where they  used rope and harness equipment in an attempt to rescue the men, who were employees of the landfill, WTKR reported.

The pipe where the men were trapped was 20-feet-deep and 3-feet-wide.   Due to the landfill being 70-acres, 4-wheel drive vehicles had to be used to transport crews and their equipment.

The victims were identified as Eric O'Brien Williams of Portsmouth and Stephen L. Wilk of Moyock.

The cause of death is undetermined as of Tuesday afternoon.