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Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety and Health Administration said Mr. Madson was killed Monday afternoon as he was driving a piece of mine equipment with an enclosed cab that went into a ditch. A rock bolt struck Mr. Madson in the neck, she said.
It was the mine’s first worker death in more than six years. Stillwater Mining Co. spokesman John Beaudry described the accident as isolated and said further details would come out following a federal investigation.
Stillwater Mining is the country’s only producer of platinum and palladium, which are used for jewelry, in catalytic converters for cars and in various industrial applications.
Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade
NEW YORK — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday, a trend the nation’s top health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.
Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That’s more than three times the 4,000 deaths in 1999.
Such painkillers “are meant to help people who have severe pain,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which issued the report.
The report shows nearly 5 percent of Americans ages 12 and older said they’ve abused painkillers in the past year -using them without a prescription or just for the high. In 2008-09 surveys, Oklahomans reported the highest rate of abuse; the lowest rates were in Nebraska and Iowa.
Tug pilot gets year in fatal ‘duck boat’ crash
PHILADELPHIA — A tug pilot distracted by a family emergency was sentenced Tuesday to one year and a day in prison for a deadly river crash in Philadelphia.
Pilot Matthew Devlin of Catskill, N.Y., was on a cellphone and laptop for nearly an hour before ramming a huge barge into a stalled “duck boat” in July 2010.
The crash killed two Hungarian students and sent 35 others into the Delaware River. Devlin, 35, had faced up to three years for involuntary manslaughter.
Both sides agreed a string of incredible events led to the crash. But U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis noted that if Devlin had done just one thing differently, he could have broken that chain and avoided the crash.
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