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Worker dies in collapse at Linwood Mining in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A worker has died after being trapped when a cave-in was reported at Linwood Mining and Mineral, according to a police statement.

According to the Buffalo, Iowa Police Department's Facebook page, the body of the worker has been recovered and the person was pronounced dead by the Scott County Medical Examiner's Office.

On their Facebook page, the Buffalo Police Department identified the worker as 52-year-old Ronald Trich Jr. of Rock Island.

Police and emergency crews were dispatched to Linwood Mining and Minerals Corp. in Davenport around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, for a roof collapse.

The mine was closed while emergency crews responded to the call.

Linwood Mining is an active limestone mine in Davenport near Buffalo and has been in service since the 1960s.

Company President Jonathan Wilmshurst said Thursday that Trich had worked for the mine for 12 years and was a mine truck operator. Trich was found buried in rock in a remote part of the mine where no operations were underway. He was not in a vehicle. Wilmshurst says there were no witnesses to what he called an "isolated incident."

Wilmshurst says the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration allowed Linwood to continue operations elsewhere in the mine, but employees were sent home Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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