Man killed at Indiana County mining site

Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating a Latrobe man’s death in Indiana County this morning as an industrial accident.

Steelyn Gary Kanouff, 26, was a mechanic for a mining company, Amerikohl Mining Inc., and working in a large truck at a strip-mining site in Brush Valley when he climbed atop one of its 7-foot-tall tires to examine what may have been a mechanical problem, state police Trooper John Matchik said.

Mr. Kanouff was trying to fix a leak on the front strut of a Caterpiller 773E rock truck, which gave out, the Indiana County coroner’s office said in a press release.

At that point, about 7 a.m., he was crushed between the tire and the truck’s frame.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:18 a.m.

Mr. Kanouff died at the company’s Onedia Mine site. An Amerikohl employee confirmed Mr. Kanouff worked at the company, but referred further comment to the owner, who was not immediately available.


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