Man dies as caged cart sinks in canal on California course

A man died after the golf cart he was riding in was submerged in a canal at Terra Lago Golf Course in Indio, Calif., on Monday, just miles from the three courses that will host the PGA Tour stop this week.

The man, who was an employee of the golf course and was in a maintenance cart belonging to the course, had driven on the way to the golf course before ending up in the canal, said Ben Guitron, manager of the Indio Police Public Information. Officers and firefighters responded to the course just after 2 p.m., he said.

“We’ll wait to see the results from the coroner’s office, but it appears they drowned as a result of the accident. But that’s just preliminary information,” Guitron said.

The cart was described as a caged cart that was submerged on its side in the canal, according to a tweet from the CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department. Guitron said it’s common for employee carts to have a cage around them to protect runners from golf balls on the course.

Firefighters removed the cart from the canal and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is being investigated by the Riverside County Fire Department and Indian Police.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

Guitron said his department is currently investigating the incident as an accident but does not yet know the condition of the driver or what led to the crash. That information should become clearer once the coroner completes his inquest, he said.

Guitron said police investigators will likely be on the course investigating for a few more hours.

At 5:40 p.m., officers could be seen on the south course near the 10th tee and 12th green about 100 yards from Terra Lago Parkway.

Desert Sun staff writer Larry Bohannan contributed to this report.