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 First Kentucky Fatal Coal Mining Accident in 2014 Reported

KENTUCKY (10/8/2014) - The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety officials say one miner was injured and later died last night following a mining accident.

The deceased miner has been identified as Justin M. Mize, 31, of Harrogate, Tennessee.

The accident was reported at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday at the Tinsley Branch Mine in Bell County, KY.

The operation is licensed by Commonwealth Mining LLC.

Preliminary information from the Division of Mine Safety indicates that a right-side high-wall miner cutter chain broke within a 68-foot-deep hole. Mize was attempting to retrieve the chain when he was struck by a rock.

The division continues to investigate the accident.

This is the first mining-related fatality in Kentucky in 2014.

Information provided by the Energy and Environment Cabinet
Posted by J.L. Graham
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