A coal miner died Saturday afternoon in an incident that involved a large dump truck at the Rosebud Mine outside of Colstrip.
The miner was identified Sunday night as Michael Ramsey, 62, of Colstrip, said Rosebud County Sheriff Allen Fulton
Emergency crews were contacted at about 5:20 p.m. on Saturday. Ramsey was driving the truck and for some reason fell more than 100 feet into a pit, Fulton said.
He said a mine rescue crew rappelled into the pit and retrieved Ramsey's body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramsey was the only person involved in the wreck.
Westmoreland Coal Company owns the Rosebud Mine and is based in Englewood, Colorado. The company issued the following statement on Sunday.
"On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, one of Westmoreland Coal Company's miners died in a tragic truck accident at the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip, MT. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation and MSHA is onsite. Operations in the vicinity of the incident have been suspended pending investigation. Westmoreland expresses its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of our fallen team member. The safety and well-being of our team members continues to be Westmoreland’s top priority. We will provide updates as information becomes available."
Gary Kohn, Westmoreland's chief financial officer, said the United States Department of Labor Mining Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death. He declined to comment on the circumstances of the crash.
"At this point the investigation is underway with MSHA and our internal investigation," Kohn said. "I don’t want to speculate or comment until we have a full understanding of what happened."