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Man Who Died at Minorca Mine in Virginia Identified

Man Who Died at Minorca Mine in Virginia Identified Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: November 07, 2019 10:26 PM

There was a death at Minorca Mine in Virginia Tuesday morning, according to the fire deparment. Mine owner ArcelorMittal said in a statement that they are saddened to confirm there was a fatality.

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On Thursday, the president of Local 6115 said that the employee was Kenny Mattson, 51. Funeral arranagements are being planned in Gilbert, with a visitation on Tuesday. "It's been a difficult time. We are trying to take care of our members," Harold Anderson told us over the phone. "It hurts everybody. Everyone knows everyone." He added that Mattson was a longtime employee.

The day of the accident, ArcelorMittal said the employee was fatally injured while driving a service truck. The company extended their deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of their colleague during this difficult time.

Anderson said Mattson was the only one involved, and there were no eyewitnesses at the time. MSHA investigators continue to arrive to work on the case.

According to Battalion Chief Erik Jonassen from the Virginia fire department, they were dispatched to a crash at 9:40 a.m. and the report of a person not breathing.  When they arrived, medics determined the person was deceased.

A service truck was on its side, Jonassen said. It was not one of the large production trucks. Fire crews worked with mine personnel to take care of some environmental issues like a minor fuel leak. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

ArcelorMittal added that they strive to ensure every employee and contractor returns home from work safely. "We are deeply troubled by today's incident and will make every effort to understand the cause and prevent reoccurence."

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