Mine Accident in Fayette County (WV) Leaves One Man Dead

KINGSTON — According to leaders with Alpha Natural Resources William Dooley, 56, of Oak Hill was killed in an accident at the Kingston Mining Inc. No. 1 Mine at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11.

According to Ted Pile, Vice President of Corporate Communications with Alpha Natural Resources, a piece of the roof broke off and hit Dooley while a crew was setting up ventilation curtains.

Dooley was taken to Raleigh General Hospital where he was declared dead. Dooley was an experienced roof bolting machine operator, who began working for Kingston in August 2001. He is survived by a wife and three children.

Ted Pile said the Kingston Mining Inc. No. 1 Mine has an excellent safety record. The mine has apparently never suffered a fatality since it opened 13 years ago.

Additionally, Pile said there have been only two lost time accidents at the mine in the past three years.

The section of the mine where the accident occurred is closed. Pile said that state and federal mine investigators are on the scene.

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