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Driver found dead in Gross Reservoir identified

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said a construction truck was found under 43 feet of water on Saturday.

DENVER — A construction truck driver found dead after crashing into Gross Reservoir Saturday morning has been identified. 

According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), dispatchers received a call around 12:30 a.m. Saturday about a possible vehicle crash near the Gross Reservoir Dam from someone who saw the headlights of a vehicle rolling down an embankment near the dam. 

BCSO said first responders found a crash site and began search and rescue efforts. After searching the area via helicopter, search teams went out with boats and a dive team to find the driver, but they were unsuccessful. They also searched the shoreline but did not find the driver there, either.

The search later turned into a recovery operation, BCSO said, and sonar equipment determined that the water the truck was in was 43 feet at the deepest point. 

The sheriff's office said rescue divers managed to access the cab of the truck and recovered the driver, who was declared deceased. 

The driver was identified as 28-year-old Matthew Liu by the Boulder County Coroner's Office, and the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the truck was hauling 7,000 pounds of rocks when the road gave out and the truck rolled into the reservoir.

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