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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Narrow Escape

On August 4, 2006, a non-fatal accident occurred at approximately 6:25 a.m. A coal truck was traveling down an approximate 12 % grade when the transmission came out of gear allowing the truck to run away. The truck traveled approximately 0.4 miles before striking a tree and overturning. The driver was trapped in the truck cab for approximately 30 minutes before being extricated. The driver sustained minor injuries.

Photo of Wrecked Coal Truck

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