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Miner found dead at coal processing plant in West Virginia

October 23, 2017
Associated Press

PETTUS, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say state and federal investigators are trying to determine what killed a 48-year-old miner found Monday at a coal mining operation in Raleigh County.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says James Ray Adkins of Colcord, West Virginia, was discovered missing at approximately 7:10 a.m. at Marfork Coal Co.'s Horse Creek Eagle Deep Mine.

According to the office, preliminary information indicates Adkins was found dead from initially unknown causes in the raw coal stockpile at the Marfork Processing Plant near Pettus.

The mine and processing plant were idled Monday. Inspectors from the state office and federal Mine Safety and Health Administration were on site.

Steve Hawkins, spokesman for parent company Alpha Natural Resources, says there appears to have been a belt haulage accident.



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