Buchanan County

UPDATE: 29-year-old miner suffers several broken bones in Buchanan County

UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.

News 5 has learned new information about a coal mine accident in Buchanan County, Va.

According to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy spokeswoman Tarah Kesterson, the injured miner is 29 years old and is from Pikeville, Ky. He suffered several broken bones in the accident which occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The miner, whose name has not been released, was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. We have learned his condition has stabilized.

The injured miner had worked at Buchanan #1 for two months.

The section of the mine where the incident occurred is closed for investigation.

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A Southwest Virginia coal miner is in intensive care after being pinned inside a coal mine in Buchanan County, Va.

Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy spokeswoman Tarah Kesterson told News 5 the miner was pinned between the cutter head of the continuous mining machine and the wall of the mine known as the rib.

The miner, whose name was not released, was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.  We've learned his condition has stabilized.

It happened around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night at Buchanan #1, which is the only mine in Virginia with a long wall, but this was a different section in the mine where they were using the continuous miner to remove coal. The section is a few miles underground.

Investigators found no problems with the machine or in the section in which the man was working.
 


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