After his several-ton truck slipped near the edge of a quarry site on Tuesday, a dump truck driver died after falling hundreds of feet into a water-filled rock hole in Indiana.
According to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, divers in Crawford County, Indiana, discovered the remains of the unnamed worker on Wednesday morning at least 20 feet below the surface.
Before it crashed over the cliff at roughly 2:00 p.m., the big dump truck’s driver was a Mulzer Crushed Stone Inc. employee. The department reported on Tuesday.
The steep, unstable terrain surrounding the hole made it difficult for first responders to locate the man after they arrived at the scene, according to officials.
Conservation officers were able to reach the lake by boat thanks to the makeshift road that company workers built.
Divers Recover Body of Dump Truck Driver Who Fell into Quarry
According to Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Schreck, who spoke to WDRB, a quarry is not the safest place to work. The terrain hindered our efforts.
The truck’s location was determined by sonar photos taken from the boat, and the man’s location was indicated to divers via a remote-controlled submersible, according to the Natural Resources Department.
The laborer’s body was later retrieved by divers from the submerged truck.
The quarry location is in Cape Sandy, a rural area close to the Ohio River and the Kentucky state line.
Sonar imagery helped identify the location of the vehicle, and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) underwater sonar unit helped with the recovery, according to the Indiana DNR.
The hunt for the missing driver included assistance from the Leavenworth Fire Department, Crawford County Fire Department, Crawford County Emergency Management Agency, and Indiana State Police.