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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Very Close Call

On August 10, 2004, an accident occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. when a 789 hauler was traveling up an approximate 4% grade. While negotiating a right switchback, the 789 hauler was struck in the left front side by a 785 hauler traveling downgrade in the switchback. This collision resulted in an immediate fire in the engine compartment area of the 789 hauler resulting in loss of both haulers.

Photo of Hauler Collision and fire

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