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.
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.
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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