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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health

A Near Miss

Coal Truck

On Monday, October 16, 2000, a driver of a Kenworth tractor trailer coal haulage truck started down a steep grade (approximately 15%) at a surface mine. He attempted to use his brakes and found that they were not functioning properly. The truck traveled approximately 500 feet down the roadway before overturning into the ditch. The driver received minor injuries, and the truck was a total loss.

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