Police identify man killed after bulldozer rolls into north Wichita pond

Wichita police said specialized divers had to pull the man from the water. The bulldozer remains submerged.
Published: May. 30, 2023 at 11:30 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wednesday Update 3:05 p.m. The Wichita Police Department has identified a man who died Tuesday after his bulldozer rolled backward into a man-made pond at north Wichita housing development.

Police said Mike Unruh, 52, of Moundridge was driving the bulldozer when it sank to the bottom of the pond.

Divers removed Unruh’s body and CPR was performed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tuesday Update 1:15 p.m. The person who drove into the water was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts by EMS.

The response came at 10:54 a.m., to a site under construction for a future subdivision. When crews arrived, a bulldozer had slid off the sand embankment and rolled off the sandpit. A special operation dive team searched inside the water and located the bulldozer and its cab.

Crews removed the driver and got him to shore, but resuscitation was unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a bulldozer submersion in the 2800 block of W. Keywest Ct. in north Wichita, southwest of Park City.

The Wichita Fire Department said crews responded to the scene at around 11 a.m. Tuesday. A call was received that the bulldozer and “possibly the operator” went into the water while work was being done.

People are urged to stay away from the area while emergency crews work.

There will be rescue teams in and on the water with divers and equipment to work the scene.