OAKLAND -- A 78-year-old longshoreman who died after driving his truck into the bay was identified by authorities Sunday as Manuel Stimpson of San Francisco.

Authorities say Stimpson accidentally drove into the water Friday afternoon, but what happened in the minutes before remains under investigation.

The truck was reported in the water near the TraPac Terminal at 1:36 p.m. Port divers pulled his body from the truck, which was stuck in the mud at least 50 feet below surface, at 2:40 p.m., police said. The Port of Oakland temporarily ceased operations after his death.

Port workers said he had worked at the port for 47 years. He was working as a clerk Friday afternoon, helping direct the placement of containers when the truck went into the water, said representatives from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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