GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A worker died in an accident at a northwestern Colorado coal processing plant.
The Daily Sentinel (bit.ly/2v9ieV3) in Grand Junction reports the body of 32-year-old Jason Stevens of Vernal, Utah was found under a two-ton trough at a Deserado Mine production facility near Rangely.
U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the initial investigation indicates Stevens — a surface mechanic — was working alone and didn't report at the end of his shift on Wednesday. An operator found his body at 1:30 a.m. Thursday under a large container used to clean coal.
Danny Clark, the mine's human resources manager, says Stevens was trying to remove a portion of a steel beam when the accident occurred.
Rio Blanco County Deputy Coroner Roy Kinney says an autopsy is planned.
This version is corrected to show Clark is the mine's human resources manager, not the mine manager