Dockworker Dies at Port of Los Angeles After Tractor Falls into Water

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Monday, Jul 1, 2013  |  Updated 4:22 PM PDT
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Dockworker Dies After Tractor Falls into Water

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A gas main might have been struck on Tobey Road in Bloomfield, according to officials.

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A dockworker died Monday afternoon at the Port of Los Angeles after a utility tractor rig fell into the water, authorities said.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Los Angeles Fire Department rescue divers tried to save the dockworker from the 60-foot-deep, murky water near Berth 227.

"Man sadly proved beyond help and has been declared dead," Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey wrote in a statement.

Humphrey described the utility tractor rig as a semi-enclosed cab used to pull cargo trailers around the freight terminal. The rig and the cargo went into the water.

Several agencies were investigating the crash. 

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