Laramie, WY – A Greeley, Colo., man died when the excavation machine he was driving fell into an ice-covered retaining pond in Laramie.
The Laramie Police Department says 42-year-old Tracy Whitehouse was driving the excavator when it tipped on its side. The operator's cab broke through 8
inches of ice and was submerged into mud and water.
Searchers first tried to locate Whitehouse in the cab but couldn't find him. A water rescue team found his body in the pond about 5 hours later.
Laramie police spokesman Mitch Cushman says the body was about 5 feet from the cab's escape hatch and trapped under the ice.
Whitehouse was working for JD Enterprises of Windsor, Colo.