Man Killed in Wyoming County Mine; Name Released

By: Associated Press, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Associated Press, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE: 1/28/2011 10:30 a.m.
PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name of a miner, who was killed in an accident in Wyoming County has been released.

The Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training says John Lester, 19, died Wednesday afternoon at Baylor Mining's Jim's Branch No. 3A mine.

Lester was a red hat miner, which means he was still training, but was able to work some positions without direct supervision.

He had 90 days of experience in the mine.

State officials tell WSAZ.com the accident involved a conveyor belt in the underground mine.

The mine is temporarily under a closure order as state and federal investigators continue the investigation.



ORIGINAL STORY
PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A state mine office spokeswoman says a miner has been killed in an accident in Wyoming County.
Leslie Fitzwater of the Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training says the death occurred just after noon Thursday at Baylor Mining's Jims Branch No. 3A mine. It is West Virginia's first mining fatality of the year.
Fitzwater says the man's name has not been released. The accident involved a conveyor belt in the underground mine.
No other details were immediately available.
Baylor Mining had no comment.


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