NEW INFO: Worker Killed At Aurora Mine Identified

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."


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  • by brantley Location: bear creek nc on Mar 6, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    thanks to you all god bless!! thanks for all the support that you have shown to our family.. david's youngest son brantley carrow
  • by Prayers on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    MY condolences to the family. Feel better knowing that prayers are with you. May Gold hold you tight
  • by chickiepoo Location: mosaic esterhazy on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    from our entire plant site our deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to the family and friends!
  • by chuck Location: washington on Mar 4, 2011 at 02:01 AM
    Good-bye my friend, go with God
  • by todd Location: 7 springs on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    prayers for the family and coworkers
  • by local citizen Location: Aurora on Mar 3, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    To the family of Mr. Clark, sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers. To all the people who tried to help Mr. Clark from coworkers to the EMT's thank you and God bless you. It's nice to know when something bad happens we are protected by our local EMT's and firefighters, You guys are the best.
  • by Albert & Beth Morris on Mar 3, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    David you treated the men working under you with dignity and respect. We should all have a boss like you ~ David was a real man, co-worker and friend. You will be missed greatly. Go to the Lord my friend. Albert and Beth Morris
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    My deepest symphaty for family and all who knew and loved this man. As a 23 year veteran of PCS Phosphate I know the emphasis they place on safey for both employees and contract employees. Sadly, accidents do happen to even those with the best of training. I am comforted to read the comments of high character and, apparently from those who knew him, a saving faith that assures those he left behind. May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort those who grieve his loss.
  • by Dar Location: Wimar on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM
    To: Bertie, do you know all the facts? If not, then please refrain from babbling. My prayers & sympathy to the families involved along with the co-workers.
  • by Michael Pressgrove Location: Richmond, VA on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    To Bertie: You really should not speak or type what you posted. It just exposes you to ridicule and displays poor judgement. My sympathies to the family for the loss.
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