Coal miner dies in mining accident in McDowell County, W.Va.
UPDATE 2/28/17 @ 8:30 p.m.
McDOWELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The name of a coal miner who died Monday in an accident at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant in McDowell County has been released.
He is 43-year-old Jason Kenneth Matthews of Bluefield, Virginia, according to our media partner WV MetroNews. Matthews worked as a plant floor man.
According to a company spokesman, Matthews fell to his death just before 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Southern Coal is owned by Gov. Jim Justice. He turned the day-to-day management of his coal operations over to his son Jay shortly after his election last November. [UPDATE 2/28/17 @ 8:30 p.m.]
ORIGINAL STORY 2/28/17
SQUIRE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A coal miner has died after an accident at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant in McDowell County.
According to WSAZ’s media partner WVMetronews, the miner died Monday night.
According to a company spokesman, the miner fell to his death just before 10:30 p.m.
Southern Coal is owned by Gov. Jim Justice. He turned the day-to-day management of his coal operations over to his son Jay shortly after his election last November.
The Vice-President of Safety and Health for Southern Coal, Patrick Graham, released the following statement on the accident:
“The exact cause of the accident is still not known. Both Southern Coal and the mining agencies have people on site to determine the cause of this terrible accident. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of this dedicated miner and team member. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers. The name of the deceased miner is being withheld until the family is notified.”
Justice administration Communications Director Butch Antolini also released a statement Tuesday morning:
“The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training was notified of the accident last night and officials from that office were dispatched to the scene before midnight. A statement from the Department of Commerce will be forthcoming later this morning.”
Governor Jim Justice also released a statement on the mining accident:
“My heart is heavy with the sad news out of Squire. Cathy and I ask all West Virginians to join us in praying for the lost coal miner and his family. Tragic accidents like this just break all of our hearts and our state is grateful to have a close-knit mining community that steps up on these most difficult days.”
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