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Driver identified in fatal accident near Simplot Smoky Canyon Mine

*Update courtesy of EastIdahoNews.com*

Police have released the name of the driver from the fatal crash at Smokey Canyon Mine on Aug. 2.

Brandon Astle, 39, of Rigby died as a result of injuries sustained when the 1982 Peterbilt refueling truck he was operating left the roadway and overturned down an embankment.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Originally published on August 3, 1019

* The following is a news release from the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, August 2, 2019 at approximately 1210 hours, the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a one-vehicle roll over accident involving a commercial truck at the Smoky Canyon Mine. The crash occurred on the Smoky Canyon haul road. The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office responded, along with Caribou and Lincoln County Fire and EMS, Smoky Canyon Mine emergency response personnel and Air 5. The initial report was that the vehicle had been on fire, but the fire was quickly extinguished by responding personnel. Emergency crews worked quickly to extricate the driver, but the driver was unresponsive. Upon extrication, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The crash appears to have occurred as the vehicle, a refueling truck, was attempting to decent a steep gradient. The driver was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and the truck left the roadway, overturning as it rolled down a steep embankment. The accident also resulted in a small HazMat spill. The spill was quickly contained. The accident remains under investigation by the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Family and friends of the driver are currently being notified of the accident.

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