The victim of a mining accident in Beaufort County has been identified. The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office says David Clark died from blunt trauma to the head and the 51-year-old man's death has been ruled an accident.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating Clark's death Wednesday afternoon at PotashCorp's mine near Aurora.
Clark was the superintendent for Trader Construction, which is one of the contractors at the plant.
MSHA spokesman Enrique Chaurand says a backhoe was being used to position a 24-inch diameter pipe into place when the pipe struck the worker in the head. Chaurand says Clark died en route to the hospital.
Investigators from the federal agency arrived at the mine Wednesday night.
Trader, based out of New Bern, says Clark, who lived in Chocowinity, was a dedicated 24-year employee.
Trader Construction says, "This is a sad day for the Trader Construction family. Our sincere heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Our top priority is to ensure the family has been notified and their immediate needs are being met. There are no further details about the incident we can provide at this time. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of this tragic event."
"David was a loving son, husband, and father. We ask the community of faith join with us as we prayerfully surround and support his family during their time of grief."