- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A contractor died in a weekend accident at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine in northeastern Wyoming.

A spokeswoman with the Mine Safety and Health Administration tells the Casper Star-Tribune the contractor was driving a haul truck when it went over a high wall late Saturday. He was thrown from the truck.

The Campbell County coroner’s office tells the Gillette News Record the victim was 51-year-old Darwin Lee Reimer of Gillette.

Peabody spokeswoman Charlene Murdock says MSHA officials are investigating.

Reimer’s death was the second this year at North Antelope Rochelle, which is about 65 miles south of Gillette. Joshua Wishard, 25, died in June when he was crushed between the hood and frame of an impact crusher.

The North Antelope Rochelle Mine is the top-producing U.S. coal mine and produced 111 million tons of coal last year.

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