Coal miner killed in underground Pike County mine
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An underground coal miner has been killed in a machinery accident at an eastern Kentucky mine.
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 42-year-old Ray Hatfield died Thursday in a conveyor belt accident at R&C Coal’s No. 2 mine in Pikeville. It was the first coal-related death in Kentucky in 2017.
Gov. Matt Bevin and Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely offered condolences to the family on Friday.
Last year the nation’s coal industry set a record low of nine mining-related deaths, with two in Kentucky.