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The Waxahachie Fire Department dive team assisted in the efforts to recover the body of a truck driver from a water-filled gravel pit Wednesday.

Firefighters received the call at 12:30 p.m. and responded to King Sand and Gravel located at 4930 SE County Road.

Randall Potter, assistant fire chief, stated firefighters were told a sizeable articulating dump truck went into to a gravel pit filled with water. They were informed the operation would be a recovery — not a rescue.

“We sent our dive team over. They ran the sonar and located the truck,” Potter said. “They were able to effectively remove the victim from the truck. Then brought him back to the surface and the bank.”

Potter stated the gravel pit was about 25-30 feet deep.

According to a report from the Corsicana Daily Sun, Navarro County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Jackie Freeland ordered an autopsy of the victim. The cause of the death is still under investigation at this time. The Sun also reported that the Mine Safety and Health Administration was conducting its independent investigation into the incident.

The MSHA website states the agency develops and enforces safety and health rules for all mines, provides technical and educational assistance.

In a release, Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner expressed his thanks to all law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance personnel, first responders and emergency management staff who assisted. He asked the public to keep the victims family, friends, and co-workers in their thoughts and prayers.

Firefighters cleared the scene and returned to Waxahachie at about 6 p.m.