Death at West Elk Mine likely accidental
The death of Fred Benally of Farmington, N.M., after a fall at the West Elk Mine remains under investigation.
The mine, meanwhile, is operating on its normal schedule, a spokeswoman for Arch Coal said. Arch Coal owns the mine near Somerset.
Benally was pronounced dead at Delta County Memorial Hospital on Thursday after he fell from a catwalk and struck an I-beam below.
A preliminary assessment suggested Benally’s death was accidental, Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Besecker said.