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Worker dies in West Virginia coal mine accident

on October 05, 2013 10:29 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy’s McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating.

The accident happened just before 1 p.m., but it was not immediately clear how the worker was injured.

The miner died on the way to the hospital.

Spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater couldn’t immediately offer more details.

Pennsylvania-based CONSOL didn’t immediately comment.

The fatality is the sixth in West Virginia so far this year.

Before Friday, federal Mine Safety and Health Administration records show that 14 workers had died at U.S. coal mines so far this year, and five of them were in West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called it “a terrible tragedy.”

West Virginia led the nation in coal mining fatalities last year, accounting for seven of the 20 miners killed on the job.

MSHA said that’s down from 21 in 2011.

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