New Bethlehem Man ID’d as Victim in Deadly Mining Accident
Jefferson County Coroner Brenda Shumaker told exploreClarion.com that 27-year-old Kameron Rankin, of New Bethlehem, was pronounced dead at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday following an accident near the Kocjancic Mine Project just outside of Brockway.
An autopsy was performed on Wednesday; however, Shumaker said a cause of death is not being released at this time.
According to Jim Barker, Executive Vice President of Kittanning-based Rosebud Mining Company, federal and state safety officials were at the mining site conducting an investigation on Wednesday.
The accident, which occurred around 4:00 p.m., is also being investigated by DuBois-based State Police.
It is believed that the accident was equipment-related.
The incident remains under investigation.
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