Names released of 2 victims of fatal accident at Nevada mine
BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. (AP) — The owner of a northern Nevada gold mine where two workers were killed in a collision involving a large haul truck has released the names of the victim.
SSR Mining Inc. says Pete Kuhn was a safety superintendent at the Marigold Mine in Valmy along U.S. Interstate 80 northwest of Battle Mountain. Omar Bernal was an open pit operator.
They were riding in a van that was run over by the truck Tuesday afternoon.
Seven trainees in the van were treated for minor injuries and released from an area hospital. The driver of the haul truck was hospitalized for treatment of shock.
Paul Benson, president and CEO of the mining company based in British Columbia, said Wednesday it will take some time to determine what caused the accident. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating.