Cemetery worker killed when grave collapses on Long Island

MOUNT SINAI, Long Island (WABC) -- A Long Island cemetery employee leveling out the bottom of a grave was killed Thursday morning when the sides collapsed around him.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. at Washington Memorial Park on Canal Road in Mount Sinai.

Rodwin Allicock was buried in the more than 7 foot deep hole.

His co-workers attempted to dig him out, but they were unsuccessful.

Allicock, 42, of Coram, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Center.

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Officers from the Suffolk County Police Emergency Service Section as well as Suffolk County Fire Rescue coordinators, representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, and members of the Middle Island Fire Department, Hagerman Fire Department, Selden Fire Department and Setauket Fire Department responded to the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was notified and is investigating.

The cemetery has been serving Long Island and the New York metropolitan area for more than 50 years.

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