BREAKING NEWS: North Pole man dies in heavy equipment accident near Cantwell.

A 72 year old North Pole man was killed late Friday near Cantwell when the bulldozer he was

operating broke through ice in a lake.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the accident happened around 5:30 p.m.on a pond

between Gold Creek and Stephan Lake near Cantwell.

In a news release, Troopers identified the man as North Pole resident Donald Kiehl.

They say Kiehl was the driver of the bulldozer, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Kiehl was among a crew of men who were transporting equipment and

machinery to the Stephan Lake Lodge to do some contract work.

They say as the crew was crossing a low mountain, the D6 Caterpillar, driven by Kiehl, broke

through the ice on an alpine lake and sank.

Kiehl was retrieved from the lake and individuals on scene attempted CPR on Kiehl but he was

unable to be resuscitated.

The State Medical Examiners Office was contacted and requested the body be sent to

Anchorage for autopsy.

Next of kin has been notified.

Troopers say no foul play is suspected at this point but investigation is

continuing.