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Body of dump truck driver recovered from Gross Reservoir

Posted at 10:06 AM, Jun 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-19 11:48:44-04

DENVER — Divers recovered the body of a construction worker from the cab of a dump truck that careened into the Gross Reservoir after an accident early Saturday morning.

The dump truck was hauling 7,000 pounds of rock when the roadway gave way near the Gross Reservoir Dam, causing the truck to roll down an embankment and into the water, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The accident occurred just after midnight at the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project site.

The CSP said there is a debris field where the truck went into the reservoir near the dam. Sonar determined the truck was at a depth of 43 feet at the deepest point.

Later during daylight hours, rescue divers were able to access the cab of the dump truck and recovered the driver, who was declared deceased. The victim's identity has not been released.

The reservoir and the surrounding recreation area are closed until further notice, officials said.

Denver Water is working with investigators to determine the cause of the accident.