- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a coal mine worker who died last year when the truck he was driving went over a head wall and plunged 238 feet was legally drunk at the time.

A report released by federal investigators this week says 51-year-old Darwin Lee Reimer had a blood alcohol level of .093 percent. The legal blood alcohol level for driving in Wyoming is .08 percent.

The accident occurred Oct. 18 at Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1EYJXq0) that Reimer was an employee of mine contractor Dennis McCoy and Sons.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration cited McCoy and Sons for inadequate drug and alcohol policies and the mine for insufficient oversight of a contractor.

Both companies have since instituted enhanced drug and alcohol testing.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com


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