UPDATE: Miner Killed after Mining Accident in W.Va.; Name Released

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE @ 11:20 a.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia mine safety officials say a 27-year-old worker is dead after an accident at a Greenbrier County coal mine owned by a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.

The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert, according Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.

The victim was identified as Steve Odell of Mount Nebo, a certified electrician with three years of mining experience -- two-and-a-half at the mine.

Odell was caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a local hospital.

State investigators are on the scene of what Fitzwater said is the state's sixth mining fatality this year.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia mine safety officials say a 27-year-old worker is dead after an accident at a Greenbrier County coal mine owned by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.

Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training says it happened about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert.

The miner has not been identified yet, but investigators say he was caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a local hospital.

State investigators are on scene.

Fitzwater says this is the state's sixth mining fatality this year.

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