Friday, March 25, 2016

1 killed in mining accident in eastern Kentucky

(AP) — State officials say an eastern Kentucky coal miner has died in an accident at a Harlan County mine.

A statement from the Energy and Environment Cabinet says 48-year-old Mark Frazier of Line Fork died Friday after being hit by falling material at Huff Creek No. 1 mine in Holmes Mill. The release says Frazier, who had 14 years of experience, was performing maintenance work at the site, which was not in production.

The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing Inc., which is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc.

State mine safety officials were dispatched to the scene to investigate.