Two Victims in Southern Montana Mining Accident Identified

NYE, Mont. (NMB) – The Stillwater County Coroner’s Office has identified the two people who died in a mining accident last Wednesday in southern Montana.

The victims were Sibanye-Stillwater Mining Company employees Dale Ketola, 65, of Columbus, Montana; and Jerry Ashlock, 55, of Caldwell, Idaho.

They were both declared dead at the scene of the accident, which occured underground at the Nye Mine Site at around 2 PM.

Sibanye-Stillwater Vice President Heather McDowell says that the two victims were in a side-by-side that crashed into an underground locomotive.

An investigation is reportedly underway to determine the cause of the accident.

The Nye site is the only palladium and platinum mining operation in America.

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