Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating a Latrobe man's death in Indiana County this morning as an industrial accident.
Steelyn Gary Kanouff, 26, was a mechanic for a mining company, Amerikohl Mining Inc., and working in a large truck at a strip-mining site in Brush Valley when he climbed atop one of its 7-foot-tall tires to examine what may have been a mechanical problem, state police Trooper John Matchik said.
Mr. Kanouff was trying to fix a leak on the front strut of a Caterpiller 773E rock truck, which gave out, the Indiana County coroner's office said in a press release.
At that point, about 7 a.m., he was crushed between the tire and the truck's frame.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:18 a.m.
Mr. Kanouff died at the company's Onedia Mine site. An Amerikohl employee confirmed Mr. Kanouff worked at the company, but referred further comment to the owner, who was not immediately available.
Molly Born: email@example.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. First Published July 31, 2013 9:30 AM