Two San Juan County miners were killed and another was injured when they were shocked by a power line on…
Two San Juan County miners were killed and another was injured when they were shocked by a power line on Saturday, according to the sheriff’s department.
At noon, the men – Russell Helquist, Matthew Johnston and Arthur Secrest – worked with industrial equipment at the Intrepid Potash mine, south of Moab, when equipment was switching on a power line and the three men were shocked, the sheriff office said in a press release on Facebook.
Helquist and Johnston were killed. Secrest, found unconsciously but breathed, was floated from the scene to a hospital in Salt Lake City.
All men were from the Moab area, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Our cordial condolences go out to family members and friends to these good men,” said the publication.
The reason for the electrocution is under investigation, according to a statement by Intrepid Potash spokesman Matt Preston. My business in Moab is stopped until the survey is complete.
“Intrepid expresses its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the parties involved,” said Preston in the statement.
Intrepid Potash operates three solar evaporation winners in Wendover and Moab, and in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The company also operates a subway in Carlsbad. The company produces fertilizers, animal feed and salt, saline and water used in the oil and gas industry, according to their website.