Miner feared dead in accident at Jim Walter Resources No. 7 West Mine

TUSCALOOSA | An accident Thursday evening at an underground coal mine in Tuscaloosa County may have claimed the life of one miner.

Unconfirmed reports indicated a miner died at Jim Walter Resources No. 7 West Mine in Tuscaloosa County.

Dennis Hall, a spokesman for Jim Walter Resources, confirmed that an accident involving one miner occurred about 6:15 p.m.

A Lifesaver helicopter was brought in, but Hall said he could not confirm there was a fatality.

Unofficial reports indicated a miner had died.

Following the accident, Jim Walter Resources sent home employees working at both No. 7 West and No. 7 East, Hall said. Employees for the 11 p.m. Thursday shift and today’s day shift at No. 7 East and West also were being notified not to report to work, he said.

The No. 7 mine is in northern Tuscaloosa County near the Jefferson County line, with coal reserves in both counties.

Hall said state and federal mine safety officials have been notified and will be conducting an investigation along with company and United Mine Workers’ safety investigators to determine what happened.

Information about the accident was still being gathered late Thursday night, and Hall said the company would likely release more information later today.

Jim Walter Resources, which is owned by Hoover-based Walter Energy, operates some of the country’s deepest underground coal mines, located in Tuscaloosa County.

The company is one of the county’s largest employers.



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