Illinois man dies in White County mine accident

Illinois man dies in White County mine accident

CARMI, IL (KFVS) - Authorities confirm a southern Illinois man died in a mine accident on Saturday.

According to White County Coroner Chris Marsh, the miner, Robert Smith, 47, of Norris City, worked with White County Coal in Carmi.

Marsh says Smith was driving a modified golf cart on the road, veered off to the left and hit the wall of the mine before the cart overturned on top of him.

The person behind Smith saw it happen and tried to lift the cart off him, but it was too heavy.

After calling for help, another person got there and they were able to lift the cart of Smith.

They started performing CPR on Smith and got him outside.

White County EMTs and a flight nurse were on hand, but Smith had died.

Marsh says an autopsy was performed on Sunday that showed massive blunt force trauma to the chest. The coroner is waiting on toxicology reports. It is not known if Smith had a medical condition.

Federal inspectors were on hand Saturday night along with state mining inspectors investigating the accident.

Funeral arrangements have been made with Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.

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