Coal mine

Regional
5:24 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Coal Miner Killed On Job In Union County

State officials say a coal miner has died after being struck by a coal-hauling car at an underground mine in western Kentucky.

The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety has identified the miner as 34-year-old Eli Eldridge of Sturgis.

It was just the second mining fatality in the state this year.

Eldridge was hit by a ram car, a long flat motorized car that hauls coal to the feeder. The accident occurred Tuesday at the Patriot Coal Company Highland No. 9 mine near Waverly around 11 a.m. CST.

The first Kentucky fatality occurred Oct. 8 at a surface mine in Bell County.

Regional
5:51 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Company To Seal Up Coal Mine Disaster Site

The West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men two years ago will be permanently sealed with concrete. That project will begin later today. 

Virginia-based Alpha Natural resources, which acquired the mine when it bought Massey Energy last summer, says it will seal the portals, large tunnels miners use to get underground, at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Boreholes will be plugged and shafts that house the huge industrial fans meant to sweep bad air out of the mine will be closed to prevent access. The company says the job should be finished by summer.