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Coal miner killed in Illinois

This sad news this morning comes from the coalfields of Illinois, where according to MSHA:

A miner was killed Wednesday evening after being pinned between the tail of the continuous mining machine and the coal rib.  The victim was the continuous mining machine operator and had the remote control unit with him. The right side of the cut had been completed and the victim was moving the machine over to start the left side of the cut. The mine has been evacuated.

The death occurred at Nighthawk Coal Company’s Prairie Eagle South Mine near Cutler, Illinois, and is currently listed as the 4th U.S. coal-mining death of 2013. The mine is controlled by Arch Coal Inc.; Franklin D. Robertson; and James O. Bunn, according to MSHA records.