Worker in Accident at U.S.-Owned Indonesia Mine Dies

June 2, 2013

A truck driver who was critically injured in an accident at a giant U.S.-owned mine in Indonesia died Saturday in a hospital.

Mine operator PT Freeport Indonesia said liquid ore material flowed into a truck during maintenance activities on Friday, injuring the vehicle’s Indonesian driver. He died late Saturday.

On May 14, a tunnel inside the Big Gossan facility collapsed, killing 28 of 38 workers who were undergoing safety training in an underground classroom.

The company’s president-director, Rozik B. Sutjipto, said Friday’s accident was not related to the tunnel collapse and that the cause was under investigation.

The mine, located in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, is owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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