Bulldozer operator killed in crushing accident at coal mine (West Virginia)

A heavy equipment operator was killed when he was crushed between his bulldozer and a water truck at a coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said on Friday.

The victim was trying to connect a tow chain to the water truck when his bulldozer rolled backwards, pinning him between the two vehicles, Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, said in a statement.

Still alive, he was freed from between the equipment and driven to a nearby hilltop to await an incoming helicopter of paramedics. However, the paramedics who rushed to the scene were unable to revive him, Louviere said.

The victim’s name and age were not released.

The accident occurred around 9:50 a.m. on Thursday at a surface gas well plugging site at the McElroy Mine in Marshall County, West Virginia.

Calls to the mine’s owner, Consol Energy Inc., were not immediately returned. A representative of 18 Karat Inc., which owns the bulldozer according to the government statement, declined to comment.



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