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UPDATE: Alpha-owned mine temporarily shut down after miner death

UPDATE: 3:31 p.m.

A spokesperson for Alpha Natural Resources said a coal miner has died at a facility in Pettus, West Virginia.

James Ray Adkins, 48, of Colcord, West Virginia, was found dead in the raw coal stockpile at the Marfork Processing Plant in the Horse Creek Eagle Deep Mine in Raleigh County in what Alpha Media Relations official Steve Hawkins called a belt haulage accident.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training confirmed the fatal incident.

The cause of death is unknown and Hawkins noted that Adkins was a 17-year veteran of the company.

The facility has been idled as the investigation into the accident is conducted by state and federal mine safety officials, the report said.

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Federal mine safety officials have been called to a coal mining operation in West Virginia after a worker was reported missing.

Our sister station WCHS in Charleston says a state official confirmed the search was taking place at the Horse Creek Eagle Deep Mine in Raleigh County located 20 miles northwest of Beckley.

The report noted that the mine was owned by Kingsport, Tennessee-based Alpha Natural Resources.


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