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Tragic update after Aussie dad crushed by dump truck

The 30-year-old was injured by the heavy machinery and later died in hospital.

A 30-year-old man who was fatally crushed by a dump truck in a workplace incident on Friday morning has been identified as young dad Luke Gowling, who was reportedly months away from welcoming his second child.

The Adelaide Hills man was critically injured by the heavy machinery at Mulch N More’s Brinkley depot, about 7km from Murray Bridge town centre, southeast of Adelaide. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries, police confirmed.

Luke's fiancée recently revealed on social media that the couple were expecting a baby girl, The Advertiser reported. A sister to their other daughter.

Luke Gowling smiling with daughter on shoulders (left) Luke gowling holding shark on beach (right)
Luke Gowling, 30 was crushed by a dump truck in a workplace accident on Friday. Source: Facebook

Workmate 'shocked' by devastating news

A former workmate of Mr Gowling’s said he was shocked to hear the news on Friday morning.

"It shouldn’t happen … you go to work to make a living and it is just horrible it has gone this way, it is just tragic and I could not believe the news," he said.

"I feel for his young family and everyone at the workplace, it’s just horrible for everyone."

Business shuts down following incident

On Friday evening, Mulch N More said they would suspend operations until further notice “out of respect" for their colleague and friend.

"Mulch N More is deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of a 30-year-old driver this morning in a tragic accident at our Brinkley depot,” the business said in a statement.

"This is a very distressing time for everyone involved and, as a small family-run business, we are grieving along with his loved ones."

Luke Gowling death dump truck and police car at Adelaide business
The incident occurred at a business in Adelaide on Friday morning. Source: 7News

The five-year-old business said they "consider every member of our team to be part of our family".

Counselling will be provided for staff and the business is offering support to the deceased worker’s family.

SafeWork SA and police are investigating the man’s death and Mulch N More is assisting them with their inquiries.

Police are also preparing a report for the Coroner.

with NCA Newswire

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