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Man apparently killed in accident in Lowville quarry

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LOWVILLE — A man was killed Monday afternoon in an accident at a Lewis County limestone mine after being struck in the head by a rock.

Undersheriff James M. Monnat confirmed that there was a “fatal industrial accident” at the mine, MJL Crushing, but declined to identify the victim, pending notification of family members, or release further details.

Lewis County dispatchers called for emergency personnel to report to the 26-acre mine, which operates on a 33.8-acre parcel across Route 26 from the county transfer site in the town of Lowville, stating the man was unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Mr. Monnat said.

Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli said an investigation is continuing but that the incident “was definitely an accident.” “No negligence is involved,” he said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to conduct its own investigation, the sheriff said.

The mine, owned by Michael J. Lyndaker, was developed in 2008.

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