Fatality At Peabody Mine Second This Year

Oct 20, 2014

A miner was killed at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in the Powder River Basin over the weekend, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Gillette News Record reports that Darwin Lee Reimer, 51, was driving a haul truck when it went over a highwall. 

Peabody Energy has not released any details about the incident, other than to confirm that it was a contractor. In a statement, the company said, "Our prayers and thoughts are with family and friend as we pursue an investigation into the incident. Local and state officials and the Mine Safety and Health Administration were notified and are involved in the investigation."

The fatality is the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle. Josh Wishard, 25, was killed in June after being crushed between two pieces of equipment.