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MSHA Releases Details after Investigation into Death of Kentucky Coal Miner   

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KY (12/30/2014) - On Dec. 16, 2014, KenCo News reported on the death of a Union County Kentucky coal miner. After a lengthy investigation, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released details of the incident.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 34-year-old Eli Eldridge, a citizen of Sturgis, KY, was died in an accident at Highland 9 Mine. Eldridge had 15 years of mining experience.

According to MSHA officials, Mr. Eldridge was killed when struck by a ram car while he was walking in toward the face of the No. 7 entry. The ram car operator moved the ram car into the No. 7 entry with the batteries positioned out by the face area and then traveled towards the face area, striking the victim with the left side, trailer end of the ram car.

The funeral for Mr. Eldridge was managed by Hindman Funeral Services the following Monday at 2:00 PM in the Sturgis area.

KenCo News staff would like to give our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coal miners of Mr. Eldridge.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News