Authorities have recovered a body from the truck found submerged in a sand pit near Dunlap on Thursday.

The driver was identified as Christopher McMullen, 38, from Madeila, Minnesota. He died in the truck after it entered an icy sandpit.

Authorities were called to the scene at Hallett Materials, located 2 miles south southwest of Dunlap on the east side of U.S. Highway 30, at 5:11 a.m., after a dump truck reportedly had gone into a pond. Employees of the company found the truck.

The truck was northbound on a private road and was to turn east at the dump site. The truck failed to make the turn, driving over a dirt berm, down an embankment and then submerged into a sand pit — which also had water and ice in it, officials said.

Hallett Materials produces aggregate materials, such as sand, pea gravel, river rock and road gravel. Those materials are loaded into dump trucks and then moved to a different location, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The truck was loaded and weighed more than 166,000 pounds.

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Authorities said their recovery efforts were hampered by thick ice and the large size of the truck. The truck was removed from the pit around 4:15 p.m. Thursday, with McMullen’s body in the cab, the Sheriff’s Office said.

An autopsy has been ordered.

— Jay Withrow of the BH News Service contributed to this report.

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