CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner died Wednesday in a workplace accident in northern West Virginia, the governor’s office said.
Trenten J. Dille, 26, of Littleton, died while working in the underground section of a Marion County Coal Resources mine, the governor’s office said in a statement.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Cool Conditions After Cold Front Brings Severe Storms
Preliminary information indicates the edge or rib of a coal support pillar fell and struck Dille, a section foreman, the statement said.
The accident is being investigated by the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. It is the third fatality involving a U.S. coal mine this year.READ MORE: Judge Denies Robert Bowers' Motion For Govt. To Produce Evidence It Monitored His Online Activities
“It is an absolute tragedy to lose this hard-working, dedicated young man,” Gov. Jim Justice said in the statement.
The mine is operated by American Consolidated Natural Resources Holdings Inc. of St. Clairsville, Ohio. The company is the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator. It emerged from federal bankruptcy protection last year and was formerly known as Murray Energy Holdings.MORE NEWS: Pa. Native, Penn State Grad Carl Nassib Comes Out As First Openly Gay Active NFL Player
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