Contractor working on Irving land in northern New Brunswick dies

A contractor working on J.D. Irving, Ltd. land in northern New Brunswick has died after his logging truck left a road in Madawaska County.

Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith says the truck left a woods road roughly 40 kilometres from Saint-Leonard at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

She says emergency services were called to the scene but that the driver, an employee of an independent contractor, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Keith says Irving is actively co-operating with the investigation by police and WorkSafeNB.

WorkSafeNB spokeswoman Laragh Dooley says the workplace fatality near the Veneer Sawmill is under investigation, and that a statement will be released once there is additional information to share.

Keith says the name of the driver is being withheld out of respect for the family.