February 6, 2013
Victim of Quebec quarry landslide found
Four days after a landslide at a Quebec quarry, rescue crews recovered the body of a man stuck in the rubble and continued to search the area for another missing worker.
Quebec provincial police said the body was found shortly after noon on Saturday and that the investigation would continue until the second body is found.
“All the searchers are still on the site, we are of course getting some new people to come and work and have a fresh start,’’ Benoit Richard, a spokesman for the force, said the evening of Feb. 1.
Crews have been searching for two workers, a man and a woman, who went missing after their vehicles were swept into a gravel pit dozens of metres deep on on Jan. 29. The vehicles were trapped in huge mounds of loose gravel at the bottom of the crater in L’Epiphanie, Que., just outside Montreal.
“We’re looking where we found the two trucks,’’ Richard said. “That’s where we expect to find the second victim.’’
Richard said the recovered body was taken to a nearby hospital to be identified. He said police were in constant contact with the affected families as the search continues. A third worker whose vehicle also fell into the quarry was rescued by a provincial police helicopter on Jan. 29. Rescue efforts were thwarted throughout the week by bad weather and concerns of another landslide. Experts gave the green light to resume the search on Feb. 1. Roughly 50 people have worked on the recovery effort, including geologists, firefighters and specially trained police officers.
Richard said they were taking precautions to avoid triggering another landslide but that “there is always a risk when you’re working in an area like this.’’
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