Four coal miners died in accidents in the first quarter of 2015 according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in information released Wednesday.
One of the four was in
. MSHA said
John Garloch, 45, of West Virginia Neffs, Ohio,
died on March 8 at the McElroy Mine in .
He was working on a longwall section when a piece of the mining roof fell on
top of him. Investigators said Garloch was shoveling loose material between the
longwall face and pan line when the accident occurred. Marshall County
MSHA said two of the coal mining deaths this year took place in
and the other in .
MSHA also said there have been six in metal and nonmetal mining fatal accidents
so far this year. Virginia
MSHA Chief Joe Main said 2014 produced historic lows in mining deaths and urged the vigilance to continue this year.