Two dead after accident at Stillwater Mine

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The Stillwater Mine in Nye.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff PAUL HAMBY And Associated Press

Two people were killed in an accident while working underground at Stillwater Mine near Nye on Wednesday.

The accident occurred at about 2 p.m., and the investigation is still ongoing. Officials from Sibanye-Stillwater, which operates the mine, confirmed the deaths Thursday morning in a written statement.

The two employees died in a “vehicle-related accident,” according to the statement. The company also sent its condolences to the victims’ friends and families. They were both men aged 55 and 65, Stillwater County Sheriff Charles Kem said. 

The men were in a side-by-side that crashed into an underground locomotive, said Heather McDowell, a vice president of Sibanye-Stillwater. McDowell told The Billings Gazette that the Mine Safety and Health Administration, within the Department of Labor, will be leading the investigation into the crash.

McDowell could not provide the name or job descriptions of the two people killed at this time.

At least 17 people have died in mining accidents nationwide in 2021 so far, according

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