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Coal Miner Dies in Underground Mining Accident 

WESTERN Ky. (12/16/2014) – A Union County, Ky. miner died today when he was struck by a ram car at an underground mine near Waverly.

The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety (DMS) identified the miner as 34-year-old Eli Eldridge of Sturgis.

The accident occurred at the Patriot Coal Company’s Highland No. 9 mine at approximately 11 a.m. CT. The mine has been closed while officials from DMS conduct their investigation.

A ram car is a shuttle vehicle that carries coal from the continuous miner to the feeder on the belt line.

This is the second mine-related fatality in Kentucky in 2014. A surface mine operator died Oct. 8 at a mine in Bell County.

Information provided by the EEC/PPC/Labor Cabinet
Posted by J.L. Graham
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