Two men killed in Montana mining accident are identified | Montana News
NYE, Mont. (AP) – The Stillwater County coroner’s office has identified two men who were killed last week in an underground crash at a mine in Montana.
Dale Ketola, 65, of Columbus, MT, and Jerry Ashlock, 55, of Caldwell, Idaho, died Wednesday in an accident at the Stillwater mine near the community of Nye, according to a coroner’s statement released by the Sheriff of the Charles County. Ke M.
The Billings Gazette reports that the two men were pronounced dead when first responders arrived at the scene.
The workers were in a utility vehicle called a side-by-side that crashed into an underground locomotive, according to Heather McDowell, vice president of South Africa-based Sibanye-Stillwater, owner of Stillwater Mining Co.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Mine officials say they are working with safety regulators.
Stillwater Mining Co. is the only palladium and platinum mining company in the United States. It has 2,335 employees and contractors, according to its website. Just over 1,200 of them work at the Nye mine, McDowell said.
Its other palladium and platinum mine is near the small town of Big Timber in Montana, and the company has a refining complex in nearby Columbus.
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