COAL MINE FATALITY - On October 3, 2001, a fuel truck driver was critically injured in a surface haulage accident. The victim apparently lost control of the Mack DM600 fuel truck while descending down a 15% grade, and jumped from the vehicle. He died the following day from the injuries received in the accident.
This is the 33rd fatal accident, reported in calendar year 2001, in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2000, there were 29 fatalities reported in the coal mining industry. This is the second fatal accident, classified as surface powered haulage, reported in the coal mining industry in 2001. At this time in 2000, there were six fatal accidents, classified as surface powered haulage, in the coal mining industry.
The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
For more information:
MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report