UPDATE: Man dies in Fayetteville construction collapse

The Vue apartments stand on a hill just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard across from Bogle Park and Fayetteville High School.

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A 20-year-old man died at an apartment construction site near Fayetteville High School on Sunday.

The Vue apartments, as seen from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Brannon Rhine, 20, reportedly jumped into a dirt hole to clear debris after crews hit a sewer line while working at The Vue apartments on Parris Avenue just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The hole collapsed leaving Rhine trapped inside. Co-workers apparently tried to uncover Rhine’s face, but police said he was unresponsive when they arrived.

According to a KFSM report, Rhine leaves behind a pregnant fiancée. As a Flyer comment notes, the report also states that the family does not have money for a funeral.

Update: An updated story states that the construction company has offered to pay for Rhine’s funeral and that a memorial fund is set up at Simmons First Bank.

Fayetteville police Sgt. Craig Stout told an NWAOnline reporter that detectives found no foul play and the incident likely will be reviewed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

More coverage: KFSM, 40/29, KNWA, NWAOnline