Miner dies in accident in southeast Missouri

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BUNKER, Mo. The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a miner in eastern Missouri.

The federal agency said Thursday that a 54-year-old worker died at the Fletcher Mine and Mill, a lead and zinc ore mine near Bunker in Reynolds County.

The mine is operated by the Doe Run Co., which identified the worker as John Hoodenpyle Sr.

Company spokeswoman Tammy Stankey says the miner died after rocks fell on the cab of his equipment as he was removing loose material from the roof of the mine. No other employees were injured.

Stankey said the company was “saddened by the tragic loss.” The company says underground operations at the mine has been suspended while the accident is investigated.

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