The Saline County Coroner's Office has identified the 35-year-old man who was killed in the mine accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Hills Mine near Eldorado, IL.
Authorities say Nathaniel Clarida of Galatia was killed after being hit by a ram car that was moving through an underground ventilation curtain.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia.
Saline County Central Dispatch received a call of a mine accident approximately 12:17 p.m. Tuesday. Officials responded to the scene. The victim was later pronounced dead at the mine around 2:14 p.m.
Officials say Wildcat Hills Mine has been ordered closed while an investigation takes place.
Mine Safety and Health Administration officials say a 35-year-old miner was hit and killed by a ram car moving through a ventilation curtain. His name has not been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
The Wildcat Hills Mine is owned by Peabody Energy. The company sent us this statement Tuesday evening:
"A 35-year-old employee at the Wildcat Hills underground mine in Illinois was fatally injured today as the result of a coal haulage incident. The mine has been idled pending investigation, and appropriate officials with the state and federal government have been notified.
Wildcat Hills deeply mourns the loss of a fellow employee, and expresses its sympathies to family members, coworkers and friends."
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