Michael G. Gau Obituary, Death – This memorial was erected in the memory of Michael Gau by the Belle Plaine Fire Department. The name of the guy who was slain when he was struck by a dump truck and killed while working in a construction zone in Plymouth this week was published by officials on Friday, along with the name of the driver of the truck that hit him.
On Wednesday at approximately 5:23 p.m., Michael G. Gau, 54, of Belle Plaine, was struck by a vehicle close to the intersection of Rockford Road and Nathan Lane, which is immediately west of Highway 169. Gau was pronounced dead at the spot.
During his time working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Rockford Road bridge over the highway, Gau was unfortunately struck by a vehicle.
Mark A. Kohnen, age 71, a resident of Buffalo, Minnesota, was determined to be the driver under contract. The inquiry into the events that led up to the crash is still ongoing.
“MnDOT is grieving this tragic death and focused on supporting Michael’s colleagues and family,” the department stated in a statement. “We are so sorry for your loss.” “MnDOT immediately notified [Minnesota] OSHA to begin an investigation,” and “the agency is closely coordinating with the Plymouth Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.”
In his 23 years of service with the Belle Plaine Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, Gau worked his way up through the ranks to become a lieutenant.
A statement was issued by the local Henderson Fire Department, which claimed, “Mike could usually be located by following the laughs on a fire ground.” He will be missed very, very much.