Update: Accident Still Under Investigation

An accident that took the life of a Sheridan man on Monday night remains under investigation, with no additional findings at this point.

Stewart Orcutt, 58, died in a single-haul truck accident at Spring Creek Coal Mine at about 7 o'clock.

The body was autopsied yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, and Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis said a toxicology screening was also performed. He said the results of the autopsy are pending and may not be available for a week or more.

He added toxicology findings have been sent to the Montana Crime Lab, the only lab in the state that can perform toxicology tests. He added those tests might not be available for several weeks.

The coroner added the accident is being investigated by all agencies, including federal Mine Safety and Health officials.

Spring Creek Coal company officials have said that no other people were involved in the incident, and no other injuries have been reported. sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased.

Spring Creek employs about 280 people and produced more than 17 million tons of coal in 2013. The Spring Creek Mine is 35 miles from the Wyoming border.

The fatality is the second this month at a Powder River Basin coal mine. A contractor died at Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle mine on June 4.

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