Kentucky Coal Miner Killed in Overnight Mining Accident

Officials in Kentucky say a miner was killed overnight while working at the Timber Tree Mine near the Blair Community, in Harlan County.

Harlan County Coroner Jim Bush confirms the miner was 32-year-old James Bailey, of Cumberland. He suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

A press release from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says the miner was repairing a canopy – the protective covering over a shuttle car – when the canopy collapsed. The accident was reported at 5:40 a.m. No one else was hurt.

The mine is owned by Parton Brothers Mining. Investigators from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are at the mine leading the investigation.

This is the first mining fatality reported in Kentucky in 2012


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