Officials ID truck driver killed inside eastern Iowa limestone mine

BUFFALO, Iowa — Officials have identified a truck driver killed inside a limestone mine in eastern Iowa’s Scott County.

Buffalo police say 52-year-old Ronald Trich Jr., of Rock Island, was killed.

Emergency crews were sent to Linwood Mining and Mineral near Buffalo a little before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Company President Jonathan Wilmshurst said Thursday that Trich had worked for the mine for 12 years and was a mine truck operator. Trich was found buried in rock in a remote part of the mine where no operations were underway. He was not in a vehicle. Wilmshurst says there were no witnesses to what he called an “isolated incident.”

Wilmshurst says the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration allowed Linwood to continue operations elsewhere in the mine, but employees were sent home Thursday.

–Associated Press

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