Miner seriously injured in Raleigh County

By Staff reports

A miner was seriously injured Saturday afternoon at an Alpha Natural Resources coal mine in Raleigh County.

“A miner was hit by a rock in the hip,” T.D. Lively, a spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The incident happened just after 2 p.m. at Alpha’s Marfork Coal Slip Ridge #1 Mine, Lively said.

The miner was taken to a local hospital, Lively said. He said that his office was contacted by Raleigh County 911 shortly after the incident. Emergency officials later called back to say the injury was “fairly serious,” Lively said.

An inspector from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is on the scene, but Lively did not know if normal mining operations were ongoing.

No other injuries have been reported.

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