Miner found dead after incident at W.Va. coal mine

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has died after a mining incident Monday morning in Raleigh County.

James Adkins, 48, of Colcord, died Monday at the Horse Creek Eagle Deep Mine owned by Marfork Coal Company.

Adkins was originally reported to be missing from the coal mine around 7 a.m. Monday.

His body was found later in the day in the raw coal stockpile at the Marfork Processing Plane near Pettus.

According to a release, the cause of Adkins' death is unknown.

He was a belt man and fire boss at the Horse Creek Eagle Deep Mine.

Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and Mine Safety and Health Administration are on site and have started their investigation.

The mine and processing plant are idle at this time.

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