Man Dies Repairing Tire at Elko-Area Gold Mine

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Officials say a 21-year-old contract worker died at a Newmont Mining Corp. site in rural northeastern Nevada after he was overcome by fumes while repairing a tire.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports ( ) the man was found unconscious in the gold mining company's truck shop north of Carlin about 5:45 p.m. Friday. A Eureka County deputy pronounced him dead at the scene.

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said he was working inside of the large tire of a hauling truck at Gold Quarry Mine when he passed out from the fumes of a tire patch.

The newspaper reports the death is the first fatality of the year at a Nevada mining operation.

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