Fatal Mine Accident in Franklin County


By WSIL Reporter

UPDATED 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- It was a dreadful day for coal miners at the Viking Mine.     

Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration say a miner was killed around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. A roof bolting machine helper was crushed.

Investigators say the victim was helping tram a roof bolting machine in a travel way at the Viking Portal when he was caught between the roof bolting machine and the coal rib.

Two local fire departments were called to the scene, along with a medical chopper and ambulance. The man was taken away by ambulance but did not survive.

Officials have not yet released the victims name. According to the coroner a autopsy is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. 

Federal mining officials are investigating the accident.

It's the second fatal accident in seven months at the Sugar Camp Energy Complex. Last November, a 36-year-old miner was crushed to death by a large piece of coal.


FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A coal miner is dead after an accident at a Franklin County mine.

Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration say that miner was crushed around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Viking Mine near Thompsonville. Officials say the man was caught between a machine and a coal rib.
Federal investigators are now looking into the accident. The miner's name has not been released.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
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