A construction worker was killed when the earth above him gave way during excavation for a shopping center near Berry Street and Imperial Highway, police said.
Brea police identified the worker as Carmen Luna Serna, who is believed to have lived in Brea. His age has not been determined, but he was believed to be at least 25, a coroner's spokesman said.
The cave-in occurred while Serna was standing in a 15-foot hole that had been excavated to build a retaining wall, Brea Police Lt. Jim Winder said. He said Serna was apparently preparing the hole to be backfilled when earth above him gave way, burying him under several feet of dirt.
It is not known how long the man was buried, Winder said. The cave-in was discovered by the foreman about 11:35 a.m., Winder said.