Haul truck driver fatally injured as vehicle rolls over, says MSHA

A 57-year-old truck driver was fatally injured when his haul truck rolled over, says the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The haul truck was ascending a haul road when it slowed, stopped, and rolled backwards over 300 feet. The vehicle then ran up a hill, which caused it to roll over.

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