Dump truck driver dies after plunge into water

Help came too late for a 62-year-old dump truck operator who died on Wednesday after the vehicle plunged several metres into a retention basin in Wohlen in the canton of Aargau, police said.

Dump truck driver dies after plunge into water
Photo: Aargau cantonal police

The incident occurred after 10.30am on an industrial site where passersby noticed the small truck on its side in the water-filled basin, Aargau cantonal police said in a statement.

The driver, a Swiss man, was lying lifeless in the semi-submerged vehicle, the statement said.

An ambulance crew and local police tried to resuscitate the victim without success.

Members of the fire brigade arrived along with a Rega emergency rescue team with a helicopter but the man had by that time been declared dead.

According to the initial investigation, the operator of the dump truck lost control of the vehicle, which crashed through a barrier and descended into the basin, police said.

But the cause of the accident was unclear and police have launched an investigation into the incident, along with the local prosecutor’s office.

An autopsy was also ordered, police said. 

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