A 42-year-old cemetery worker was killed while digging a grave in Mount Sinai, N.Y., authorities say.

Rodwin Allicock was levelling out the bottom of a 2.1-metre (seven-foot) grave when the sides collapsed and buried him alive, local station WABC reports.

The incident happened early last Thursday at Washington Memorial Park.

Allicock’s coworkers tried to dig him out but they did not get to him in time. Several first responder crews also showed up to help.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident. The Suffolk County police department‘s homicide squad is also looking into the case.

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