The victim of a fatal vehicle crash at the Minorca Mine in Virginia has been identified as a longtime employee.
Kenny Mattson, 51, was killed Tuesday while driving a service vehicle on a haul road within the mine, United Steelworkers Local 6115 president Harold Anderson told WDIO-TV.
"It's been a difficult time. We are trying to take care of our members," Anderson told the station. "It hurts everybody. Everyone knows everyone."
The Virginia Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash at the mine at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities would not speculate on the cause of the single-vehicle crash. The Virginia Police Department, Mine Safety and Health Administration and the St. Louis County inspector of mines are investigating the death.
It's Minorca Mine's first death since June 8, 2007 when Donavon Ray Dunblazier, 49, of rural Gilbert, was killed when the mobile crane he was operating tipped over. According to MSHA data, no other Iron Range mines have reported a death since then.
In an emailed statement to the News Tribune, an ArcelorMittal spokesperson said the company was "deeply troubled by (Tuesday's) incident and will make every effort to understand the cause and prevent reoccurrence."