Changes at Nevada mining co. after fatal employee bus crash

The Nevada Highway Patrol released this photograph of a fatal mine bus crash on Nevada 766.
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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The head of a Nevada mining company says they’re taking steps to address safety and emergency response concerns after a truck hauling ore collided this summer with a bus carrying employees to a gold mine near Carlin, killing the two drivers and injuring 20 others.

Nevada Gold Mines Executive Managing Director Greg Walker told the Elko Daily Free Press they’ve been working with private contractors who were operating the vehicles to ensure proper fatigue management.

They’re also consulting with state transportation officials to address safety concerns on the canyon road where the crash occurred and developing better ways to assist after such tragedies.

Walker says the company’s internal review found their emergency response overall “was pretty good.” But he says they could have done a better job providing emotional support.

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The Nevada Highway Patrol released this photograph of a fatal mine bus crash on Nevada 766.