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Coroner: Marion, IL man died from blunt force trauma in mining accident

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The preliminary autopsy results have been released for a man who died in a mining accident on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

According to Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler, the preliminary results show that 20-year-old Tyler Rath of Marion, Ill. died due to blunt trauma to the head, neck, trunk and extremities.

Rath was involved in a mining accident in the M-class Mine, located on North Thompsonville Road in Macedonia, Ill.

Leffler said funeral services for Rath will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion, Ill.

Death Investigation

Chief Deputy Coroner John Graskewicz was notified of the accident just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

When Graskewicz arrived at the mine, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals were already investigating.

Around 11:30 p.m. the body of Rath was brought to the surface. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rath's body was taken to the Franklin Hospital Morgue where x-rays were ordered.

The accident is being investigated by MSHA and the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals.

The Victim

Rath leaves behind a wife, a two-year-old daughter, and six-day-old son, along with many other relatives.

Leffler asks people to keep this young family in their prayers.

"It is such a tragic death, with a wife, a two-year-old and a newborn, who now do not have a husband or a daddy," Leffler said.

Background Information

Nationally, the number of fatalities at coal mines has decreased substantially over the years.

In 1900, more than 1,400 people were killed in coal mining incidents. That total fell to only 16 fatalities in 2014.

According to MSHA, there have been at least four fatal accidents at M-Class Mining in the last six years.

In 2009, a contract miner/driller was fatally injured when he fell from a work platform to the bottom of a shaft that was under construction. MSHA reports the man fell about 38 feet. He was wearing a full-body harness and a lanyard, but the lanyard was not secured.

On April 11, 2010, a man working for Coalfield Services, Inc. at M-Class Mining was suffered fatal injuries in a machinery accident. According to MSHA, the incident happened as the man was working to install a section of stairs to the side of the mine fan housing. In the process, the man was pinned against a manlift and the stairs hit him in the chest.

MSHA reports a Longwall Chief was fatally killed in 2013. The incident happened when a solid piece of coal and cap rock fell from the coal face, striking the man's mid to lower back, pinning him against the working face side of the panline.  

According to MSHA, in 2014 a machine operator was killed when he was caught between a roof bolting machine and the coal rib.

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