Breaking news just in from Jama Jarrett, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training:
A 28-year-old coal miner has died from injuries received in an accident Thursday night at International Coal Group’s Beckley Pocahontas Mine in Raleigh County.
The miner became pinned between a continuous mining machine and the mine wall, Jarrett said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died this morning during surgery, Jarrett said.
UPDATED: The miner’s name was John King.
The name of the miner has not yet been released, pending notification of all family members.
Updated, with this statement from ICG:
An employee of the ICG Beckley mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, received serious injuries last night at approximately 11 p.m. while operating a continuous miner machine. The accident occurred when the employee got caught between the continuous miner and the coal rib. He was rushed to Raleigh General Hospital and then air lifted to CAMC in Charleston. Sadly, after undergoing surgery, he died today from his injuries. The company notified the appropriate regulatory authorities immediately upon occurrence of the accident. Federal, state and company officials are at the scene of the accident and will conduct a full investigation. Out of respect for the fallen miner and his family, the mine has been idled for the day.