PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A person trapped in Friday’s mine collapse in Fayette County has died, officials confirmed.
Saturday morning, officials told KDKA that the miner was unresponsive when found and was retrieved from the site of the collapse.READ MORE: As Winter Storm System Moves In, Pittsburghers Pack Grocery Stores For Last-Minute Items
“We are deeply saddened to confirm a fatality has occurred as a result of an accident at the Laurel Aggregates mine. We extend our deepest sympathies to the employee’s family and friends. Arcosa is cooperating with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) along with local authorities to investigate the cause of this accident,” a spokesperson for Arcosa said to KDKA Saturday morning.
The victim has been identified as 49-year-old David Hayden.
He is survived by his wife and two children, according to one of his former co-workers.
Investigators from the state believe that a part of the roof collapsed onto equipment he was in.
Special Medical Response Team pronounced him dead at the scene, after the rescue happened a little after 11 p.m. Friday night.
The cause of the mine collapse is still unclear at this time.READ MORE: 1 Shot In Downtown Pittsburgh
The scene at Laurel Aggregates’ Lake Lynn Mine in Springhill Township has been cleared as of Saturday morning.
The mine collapse occurred around 3 p.m. Friday.
The mine is near the border of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Authorities have told KDKA the DEP and federal mine safety and health administration responded to the scene to help with the rescue.
The Red Cross has also been requested to provide mental health services and support.
This mining company is owned by Arcosa, a company based out of Dallas, Texas.
A spokesperson sent us this statement yesterday:MORE NEWS: Seven Springs Opens Faster, High-Capacity Chairlift
“At this time, we are focused on responding to an emergency incident at our Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania aggregate facility. The safety of our employees is our number one priority. More information will be shared when appropriate.”