Buchanan County

Miner dies in Buchanan County accident

BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. - We've learned a miner died in an accident in a Buchanan County mine Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy spokesperson Tarah Kesterson tells us 41-year-old Michael Junior Justice, a maintenance supervisor and electrician, was working underground on a roof bolter at the CONSOL Buchanan Mine No. 1. A preliminary investigation determined he may have been electrocuted.

Justice was pronounced dead at Clinch Valley Medical Center at 12:30 p.m.

The actual cause of death will be determined after an autopsy. The DMME is investigating.

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