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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Serious Accident

A serious accident occurred on September 20, 2004 at approximately 4:45 p.m., when a loaded Ford tandem coal haulage truck's transmission came out of gear as it was descending a steep grade. The truck proceeded downgrade approximately 1000 feet before overturning into a shallow sediment ditch. The driver was hospitalized with five broken ribs, a bruised lung, a bruised kidney and numerous other bruises.

Photo of Overturned Coal Truck

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