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Landslide victim's body finally recovered in quarry, north of Wakefield

Authorities are optimistic they will be able to reach the buried excavator, containing the man's body.
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2018-11-08 MRC des Collines
The Public Security Service of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais badge. Photo/ the Public Security Service of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais on Twitter

A man's body has finally been recovered from a quarry work site, on Highway 105 in Farrellton, Quebec.

He was in an excavator when it became buried in a landslide last Thursday, November 1 at 10:08 a.m.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, a translated tweet from the Public Security Service of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais said, "The recovery operation of the body of the victim must take place this afternoon. We are waiting for confirmation that the area is safe before any extraction."

And then...

The MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais has been working with the Quebec Committee on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety, in its investigation of the work-related accident.

Given the precariousness of the site, first responders were not able to extract the deceased driver from the buried machine until now.

Authorities had called the Sécurité civile du Québec last week, to obtain the services of experts in order to confirm the stability of the soil before attempting any extraction manoeuvre. 

This incident is also expected to be the subject of coroner's investigation. 




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