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Truck falls through ice

December 29, 2009
By LISA M. HOFFMANN, Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN - A Kingsford man escaped injury after his truck went through the ice at the Badwater area of the Menominee River on Monday.

Road Patrol Lt. Derek Dixon of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department said a green 2001 Toyota Tundra went through five inches of ice and into 10 feet of water on Badwater Monday afternoon.

Dixon said the truck broke through next to an ice shack, about 250 feet from the boat landing on the Michigan side. The sheriff's department received a 911 call at 3:27 p.m.

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Apparently the truck driver had removed the ice shanty from the trailer. After removing the shanty, and pulling the truck forward, the truck went through the ice.

Bernard Zeitz, 75, was able to get out of the truck in time.

"He was wet and cold and is fine," Dixon said. "He never went to the hospital."

Zeitz was treated by Beacon Ambulance personnel at the scene.

Zeitz is attempting to have his truck removed from the lake today. Dixon said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality can issue a fine to the vehicle owner if it is not removed within a reasonable time.

Elsewhere, a side by side off road vehicle (ORV) that fell through the ice Saturday at Cable Lake in Iron County's Hematite Township is still scheduled to be removed today, said Sgt. Wade Cross of the Iron County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Cross did not know the status of the vehicle that dropped into the Michigamme Reservoir in Mansfield Township on Dec. 20.

Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is



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