Female worker dies in Canadian gold mine

A female employee was fatally injured in an accident at an underground gold mine in Ontario over the weekend.

St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (TSX:SAS), which operates the Holt mine 125 kilometres east of Timmins, said the 22-year-old employee was killed in an underground rail haulage incident. In a press release posted on Sunday, the company said it is cooperating with Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and other parties involved with the investigation.

"We are deeply saddened by this news and our sincere condolences go out to the family, fellow workers, and friends," said Duncan Middlemiss, President & CEO of SAS.

According to the company, ore is trammed using 4.5-tonne rail cars and fed through an underground jaw crusher. From there, crushed ore is hoisted via the shaft to the surface in 8-tonne skips.