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Mine employee killed in rollover crash near Virginia, Minnesota

The crash happened Tuesday, Nov. 5.

An employee of an Iron Range mining company died in a rollover crash Tuesday morning. 

Authorities were called to the ArcelorMittal Minorca mine near Virginia, Minnesota, around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, where they found a mine service vehicle overturned on a hauling road. 

The lone occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver's identity has not been released. 

An ArcelorMittal spokesperson issued a statement in response to the fatal crash. 

We are saddened to confirm there was a fatality at ArcelorMittal Minorca this morning. An employee was fatally injured while driving a service truck at the mine. The incident is under investigation by the company and United Steelworkers and the appropriate agencies have been notified. The company extends our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of our colleague during this difficult time. ArcelorMittal strives to ensure every employee and contractor returns home from work safely. We are deeply troubled by today’s incident and will make every effort to understand the cause and prevent re occurrence.”

No further details about the crash have been released. 

According to the company's website, 353 employees work at the Minorca mine, which produces fluxed iron-bearing pellets in addition to mining ore, rock and waste material.  

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