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UPDATE: Man Killed in Kanawha County Mine Accident; Name Released

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

UPDATE 2/7/13 @ 11:46 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name of the man killed in a Kanawha County mine accident has been released.

According to Public Information Specialist Leslie Fitzwater, Brandon Townsend, 34, of Delbarton, W.Va., was killed in the accident.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the Townsend died Wednesday at Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant in Malden when a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press. Louviere says a second miner was injured.

The accident happened about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.



UPDATE 2/6/13 @ 10:23 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kelly Elswick was just 8-years-old when her dad was hurt in a mining accident.

Still, her brother and her son went into the business, as well.

"I got a call just in November about my son in an explosion, and it worries you to death," Elswick said.

So, when she heard on Tuesday about a deadly accident at the mine near her house, it hit home.

"I've seen several cars go in here, and they've turned right around and sent them back out," Elswick said. "I think that that guard shack they should have somebody there at least telling each family member there that 'No, it is not your family member. Everything is going to be OK.’ ”

The miner died when a hydraulic pump blew about 4:30 p.m. at the Blue Creek Prep Plant near Malden. Another worker with minor injuries was taken to the hospital.

Tabitha Hinzman and Whitney Carrow know several people who work in the mine, and they immediately got on the phone to make sure they were all safe.

"They're happy but I worry about it a lot. It's a stressful job," Hinzman said.

"It just worries me with everything that's happened recently and people still getting hurt in the mines -- it's a dangerous job," Carrow said.

And it’s because of that danger that has Elswick saying prayers for the family of the victim, whose name hasn’t been released.

"They're all very young, and I just can't imagine what's going through their families' minds right now wondering if it's them in there or not," Elswick said.

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UPDATE 2/6/13 @ 9:25 p.m.
MALDEN, W.Va. (AP) -- A worker at a Kanawha County coal operation has died following an accident.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the miner died Wednesday at Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant in Malden when a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press. Louviere says a second miner was injured.

The names of the miners involved weren't immediately available. Louviere says an order was issued closing the plant, and a federal investigator was en route to West Virginia.

Midland Trail is owned by Patriot Coal.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is dead after an accident at a mine in Kanawha County.

Dispatchers say the accident involved a hydraulic pump at Blue Creek Prep Plant Midland Trail Energy LLC on Five Mile Road in Malden, about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to an official, a hydraulic cylinder blew and killed one person.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

OMHS&T inspectors are at the mine right now.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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