Worker killed in accident at W. Kentucky mine

A coal miner was killed this morning when he was apparently struck by a shuttle car at a Waverly underground mine.

According to a release from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, James Jeffery Falk, 39, of Webster County was hit about 8 a.m. at the River Valley Coal mine. No other injuries were reported.

Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown said Falk had more than four years of mine experience.

River Valley is owned and operated by Alliance Resource Partners L.P. It employs more than 430 miners. Investigators from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are still investigating. The area of the mine where the accident happened has been closed until further notice.

This is the sixth mining fatality in Kentucky this year.


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