Miner in fatal accident identified

From local sources

PETERSBURG — The man who died after a Friday afternoon accident at Five Star Prosperity Mine, 6594 W. State Road 56, has been identified as 59-year-old Larry Schwartz of Mount Carmel, Ill.

The mine is operated by Five Star Mining Inc. and owned by Vectren.

The MSHA report indicated that, at about 2:20 p.m., a man operating a box-shaped shuttle car was driving in an underground mine passageway when the car driver saw Schwartz and stopped. They talked for a few seconds. Schwartz, thinking the shuttle car driver would be going around a pillar at a certain point, told the car driver that he was in the clear, according to the report.

The driver continued forward and accidentally pinned Schwartz between the car and the coal wall, or rib, on the blind side of the shuttle car, according to the report.

Vectren spokesman Chase Kelley said Schwartz was lucid and conscious as he was transported to the surface after suffering injuries to his lower torso and leg. He was airlifted to a Louisville hospital but died Friday night because of complications from his injuries, Kelley said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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