The Jakarta Post
A worker identified as Tarno, 42, died after reportedly being buried in mud for over 12 hours inside an underground water pipe project on Jl. Jembatan Tiga, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on Tuesday.
North Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency head Satriadi Gunawan said Tarno and his fellow workers were excavating the 3-meter-deep pit at 3 p.m.
“They were digging the pit when suddenly soil from the upper part of the pit slid; Tarno was the only one to get trapped inside,” Satriadi explained as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
Tarno’s coworkers reportedly attempted to save him but halted their efforts, fearing that they would get trapped as well.
“We had to drill another hole to enter the pit,” he added.
Metro Penjaringan Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Rachmat Sumekar said Tarno’s body was removed at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
“The process took more than 12 hours,” he said, noting that Tarno’s body was taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta.
“We will immediately question witnesses and the project’s supervisor,” he added. (vla)