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Worker dies in roof collapse at Pennsylvania mine

State authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse.

A worker died after a quarry collapsed in southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday, officials said.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the roof of the Laurel Aggregates’ Lake Lynn mine in Springhill Township collapsed Friday afternoon, trapping one miner.

Late Friday night, the miner was pronounced dead at the scene after being pulled from the debris, the Pennsylvania DEP said.

“DEP believes this was caused by part of the roof of the mine falling on the equipment the individual was working on,” the agency said in a statement.

The miner’s identity has yet to be released, but further relatives have been notified.

The Pennsylvania DEP Mine Safety Department’s rescue team responded to the scene after the mine operator reported the collapse, and personnel from the rescue team and company worked to remove loose rock to access to equipment, officials said.

The miner was unresponsive when approached and was rescued by Smithfield Volunteer Fire Brigade and minesweepers shortly after 11 p.m. local time, the Pennsylvania DEP said.

The American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania also responded to the scene to provide mental health support and services, organization said.

The Pennsylvania DEP, the safety regulator for underground coal-free mines, is investigating the cause of the roof collapse.

Laurel Aggregates, a limestone and sandstone mining company in Lake Lynn, said in a statement. ABC Pittsburgh WTAE branch: “At this point, we are focused on emergency response at our Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania general facility. The safety of our employees is our number one priority. I will share more information as appropriate.”

ABC News’ Victoria Arancio contributed to this report.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/worker-dies-roof-collapse-pennsylvania-mine/story?id=82151858 Worker dies in roof collapse at Pennsylvania mine

Emma Bowman

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