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Asarco employee dies in vehicle accident

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 20:25:32-04

An Asarco mining company employee is dead after a vehicle collision at the Mission Mine Complex in southern Arizona.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has identified the employee as 41-year-old Gabriel Benitez.

They say the accident was an isolated incident and no other employees were injured at the open pit mine 18 miles south of Tucson.

Company officials say local and federal agencies and law enforcement have been notified and they're working with Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and the state Mine Inspector's Office on investigating the accident.

Asarco is an integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company headquartered in Tucson.

It's a subsidiary company of Grupo Mexico with about 2,300 employees and operates mines, mills and a smelter near Tucson and a refinery in Amarillo, Texas.