UPDATE: Fatal Mine Accident, Name Released

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

From The Associated Press
PRENTER, W.Va. (AP) - The state has identified a contract worker killed at a Massey Energy mine in West Virginia.

Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says the victim was 32-year-old Steven Cain of Comfort.

Jarrett says Cain died after being pinned between the wall and a supply car at Richmond, Virginia-based Massey's Justice Number One mine in Boone County late Wednesday. Cain worked for contractor Mountaineer Labor Solutions.

Massey spokesman Jeff Gillenwater calls the accident a "terrible, terrible situation." He says the company's thoughts and prayers are with Cain's family.

A telephone message left with Mountaineer today wasn't immediately returned.

Jarrett says state mine inspectors and investigators with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration plan to recreate the accident this afternoon.

Government records show seven West Virginia coal miners and 21 nationally have been killed on the job this year.

UPDATE @ 9:17am
PRENTER, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mine safety spokesperson says Steven Cain was killed in a mining accident at the Justice #1 Mine in Boone County Wednesday night. Independence Coal Company owns the mine.

Investigators say Cain was a red hat trainee. He was a contract employee for Mountaineer Labor Solutions. Cain has been on the job for 4 months.

Early reports indicate Steven was moving some supply cars when he was pinned between a mine wall and a supply car.

Steven was 32 years old and from Comfort.

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dispatchers say one person has died in an accident at a Boone County mine.

We’re told it happened at a mine in Prenter late Wednesday night.

No other details are being released at this time, including the name of victim.

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