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Another coal miner dies on the job

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The sad news today came from the coalfields of Kentucky, via a Patriot Coal press release:

Eli Eldridge, a 34-year-old employee of Highland Mining Company, LLC, was fatally injured today when he was struck by a coal hauler while working underground at the Highland mine, located near Henderson, Kentucky. Patriot is fully cooperating with state and federal mine regulatory agencies as they investigate this incident.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials list that as the 15th coal-mining death in the U.S. in 2014.