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Workplace Accidents Archives

Roof collapse in Iowa limestone mine kills miner

An accident at the Linwood mine in Buffalo, Iowa, has killed a mine truck operator. The victim was identified as Ronald Trich Jr., 52, of Rock Island, Illinois. He was found on January 25, 2017, buried under rock in a remote part of the mine where no mining operations were being conducted. The mine roof and walls in the area where the collapse occurred were thought to be stable. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is conducting an investigation, and expects to issue its report in two to six months.