A 59-year-old coal mine worker is dead following an accident at Teck's Coal Mountain Operations near Sparwood, B.C.
No other employees were reported to be hurt.
B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines and MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett said that an investigation has been launched in partnership with other authorities.
"I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the employee's family, the workers at Coal Mountain Operations and the community," Bennett said in a written statement.
Teck's Coal Mountain operation consists of approximately 3,000 hectares of coal lands, and produces steelmaking and thermal coal. It is roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Sparwood.
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