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