CHARLESTON (AP) — A worker at a Boone County coal mine is dead following an accident.
Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says the accident occurred around 4 a.m. Friday at Coal River Mining LLC’s Fork Creek No. 10 Mine.
Fitzwater identified the victim as Johnny Mack Bryant II of Lenore.
Federal officials say the 35-year-old was part a midnight shift crew moving a continuous miner when he suffered crushing injuries between part of that machine and a mine wall.
Fitzwater says the victim had a year and 14 weeks experience.
Bryant’s is the third West Virginia coal mining death so far this year. There have been a dozen nationwide.