Elko, Nev. • A Utah miner died after a roof collapsed at a Nevada gold mine. The Elko Daily Free Press reports Small Mine Development says Jason Holman, of Goshen, Utah, was killed Thursday at Jerritt Canyon Gold’s Lee Smith Mine.

Small Mine Development General Manager Keith Jones says Holman was “loading a round and was involved in a fall of ground near the end of his shift.”

Small Mine Development began operating the mine about 50 miles north of Elko in 2010.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the miner was “loading blast holes underground when the cemented backfill roof fell, causing fatal injuries.”

Administration data show this is the first mine fatality in Nevada this year. The last mine fatalities in the state were those of two men Oct. 31, 2017, at the Marigold Mine at Valmy.

Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com