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The Ada County coroner on Wednesday revealed the identity of two men who died on Tuesday night after the collapse of a trench in which they were working.

The coroner's office released a statement saying Ernesto Saucedo-Zapata, 26, and Bert Smith Jr, 36, died due to mechanical asphyxia due to compression. Zapata and Smith were pronounced dead at the scene off of Gary Lane and Hill Road, the Boise Fire Department said.

A third person, whose identity was not released, was taken to the hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating this case and is working with both the Boise Police Department and Fire Department. "This is the first trench-related death we've had in some time," OSHA Area Director David Kearns said.

"We do have an open investigation. Anytime there is a fatality, we are required to be notified and also to conduct an inspection," Kearns said.

Kearns said that the OSHA will probe the cause of the accident and if there were any violations of safety or health rules. "On this were there any precautions in place?" KTVB asked. "Can't comment upon the nature of this investigation," Kearns replied.
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