An accident in Colorado brings the total coal mine deaths this year to 11: more than in all of 2016.
Blue Mountain Energy, Inc. released a statement Aug. 3 saying a worker at their Deserado Mine died the night before.
"The accident occurred above ground inside the coal processing building, as the worker was attempting to remove a portion of a steel beam," it said.
The employee's name had not been released as of August 4. That accident is now under investigation.