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Deer River man killed in Lowville mine accident

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LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the Deer River man killed Monday afternoon in an industrial accident at a limestone mine. According to the report, Willard J. Moser, 55, suffered a fatal blow to the head when he was struck by an excavator tooth which had become lodged in a crusher at MJL Crushing.

As Mr. Moser was looking over the crusher, the tooth came loose and was thrown from the crusher, striking him.

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, Undersheriff James M. Monnat said. An autopsy will be performed.

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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