Harlan County coal mine collapse kills one
A 48-year-old man was killed about 8:15 a.m. Friday when a section of a wall collapsed in a Harlan County coal mine where he was working.
Mark Frazier of Line Fork was hit by falling material at Huff Creek Mine No. 1 in Holmes Mill, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The mine wasn’t producing coal at the time; Frazier was performing maintenance work.
The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing Inc., a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc. The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and Licensing sent its lead investigator and two specialists to the scene.
The death is the second at a Kentucky coal mine this year, equaling the fatality total for all of 2015.
“I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Frazier family,” said Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely, a former Arch Coal executive. “It’s a very sad time when any coal miner gets killed in the state of Kentucky.”