An Alaska man helping build a remote camp in support of a massive dam project on the Susitna River is dead after his bulldozer went into an icy alpine lake in the Talkeetna Mountains.
Donald Kiehl, a 72-year-old North Pole resident, was moving machinery to Stephan Lake Lodge, troopers said.
Kiehl and the rest of the crew were going over a low mountain somewhere between Gold Creek — where local residents say the Alaska Railroad unloaded the equipment — and Stephan Lake about 5:30 p.m. Friday, troopers said. The bulldozer Kiehl drove, a Caterpillar D6, went into a lake or pond, breaking through ice. The roughly 18-ton piece of machinery sank in the water, and Kiehl’s coworkers pulled him out, troopers said.
The crew’s attempts to resuscitate Kiehl were unsuccessful.