Neb. sheriff: 4 dead in construction accident

VERDEL, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities say a drainage trench being constructed along a northeastern Nebraska highway has collapsed, killing four workers.

The Knox County attorney's office issued a statement Friday saying the four men were working on state Highway 12 near the town of Verdel when the trench collapsed.

A woman who answered the phone at the Knox County sheriff's office says the collapse occurred at about 9 a.m.

County officials say those killed were between the ages of 24 and 61.

Autopsies have been requested.

Verdel is 155 miles northwest of Omaha.

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