- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

EAST CARBON, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a 46-year-old worker who died in an accident earlier this week at a Carbon County coal mine was found crushed inside a vehicle he was driving.

Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration have issued a preliminary report on the accident that killed Alejandro Ramirez at the West Ridge Mine a little before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say Ramirez had been using a mobile diesel can-setter when the vehicle somehow bent and crushed him. The report didn’t specify why the vehicle bent.

No witnesses saw the incident, and no others were injured.

Ramirez lived in Price and had worked with the company for six years.

Officials from the mine’s parent company, UtahAmerican, said it was the first serious accident in the West Ridge Mine’s 15-year history.

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