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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2007

December 2, 2007

Man Drives SUV Over 40-foot Mine Wall

A Joplin, Mo., man who drove off a Wyodak mine high wall died from his injuries Friday morning in Casper, said Highway Patrol Trooper William Beres.

Investigators still do not know why 28-year-old man drove his SUV off the 40-foot high wall, Beres said.

The victim went off Interstate 90 about one-half to three-quarters of a mile west of the coal pit. There were no marks on the road to indicate that he lost control of the vehicle. He then drove around on mine property for an unknown amount of time before the SUV went over the high wall.

Beyond that, the reason for the crash is'completely unknown,� Beres said. Alcohol was not involved, and investigators have no reason to suspect drugs were involved. He was also wearing his seat belt at the time.

(Source: Gillette News Record)