MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) - The body of a man who died in an accident at a Maryland Heights quarry was recovered after midnight, according to a spokesperson for Fred Weber, Inc. rock quarry.
Authorities said 61-year-old William Sievert of St. Peters was using a Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer when he was buried in a rock blasting accident.
Sievert was pronounced dead at the scene. He had worked for Fred Weber for 24 years.
Federal investigators were at the quarry Thursday morning to find out the cause of the accident.
The company has notified the Mine Safety and Health Administration and is in the process of conducting an investigation into the accident.
A spokesperson for Fred Weber released the following statement:
"This afternoon, a tragic accident at the Fred Weber North Quarry claimed the life of a long-time member of the Fred Weber family. The accident occurred during routine rock blasting operations at the site. Pattonville EMS responded quickly and they remain on the scene at this time.
"We are in the process of notifying the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. We are already in the process of conducting an investigation into this accident, and are interviewing others who were present at the time of the accident. We have also notified the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and will fully cooperate with their investigation.
"This is a sad day for all of us at Fred Weber, Inc.
"We will know more about the cause or causes of the accident as the investigation unfolds. For now, please keep all of those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers."