CREEK COUNTY, Okla. – Officials have recovered the body of a construction worker who drowned in the Cimarron River, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
It happened Tuesday around 5:15 p.m. in the Cimarron River at the SH48 bridge in Creek County.
According to a trooper’s report, a construction worker, Edwardo Garcia, 36, of Tulsa, was operating a front end loader and moving rock on a makeshift road through the river. At one point, Garcia backed off the roadway and into the water.
Officials say he did not resurface and his body was recovered Wednesday morning around 2:45 a.m.
According to FOX 23, Manhattan Road and Bridge confirms Garcia was an employee of the company, and released the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our team member involved in the accident, his family, friends and the remainder of the team affected. Safety for our workers is the top priority of our business every day, and we will continue to work with the appropriate authorities to investigate this accident.”