Officer dies when vehicle falls into lake

March 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 12 (UPI) -- A motorcade in Sweden for Turkey's visiting president turned deadly when a policeman's four-wheeler left the road and went into Lake Malaren, authorities said.

The Stockholm officer, who was in his mid-40s, was backing up when he hit a barrier, the Swedish news agency TT reported. The vehicle flipped over, pitching him through the ice and pinning him under the water, TT said.

Two nearby ice-skaters pulled the police officer out of the water but he died Monday night at a local hospital, hours after the accident.

Stockholm police said an investigation would determine how and why the incident happened.

The officer was part of a heightened security effort in conjunction with the state visit of Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

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