Kanawha County Mine Fatality Investigated

A mine fatality is under investigaton today after a worker died at an eastern Kanawha County mine Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the West Virginia Miners, Health, Safety and Training said the incident occurred at the Blue Creek Prep Plant near Malden. The accident involved a hydraulic cylinder, and witnesses reported seeing the hydraulic jack explode about 4:30pm on a belt press. One minor injury was also reported. Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant is owned by Patriot Coal. A federal investigator has come to start piecing together exactly what happened.