Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
White County Man Dies in Mine Accident
WHITE CO. -- Authorities are investigating a fatal accident at White County Coal in Carmi.
County Coroner Chris Marsh says 47-year-old Robert Smith of Norris City died in that accident. He says a cart veered off of an underground path, struck the rib of the mine, and overturned. Mine workers managed to get the cart off Smith and performed CPR as he was carried to the surface. Smith was later pronounced dead.
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Federal and state officials are currently on-site investigating the crash scene. The cause is still unknown. An autopsy was performed Sunday, but results will be unavailable until officials finish their investigation.
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