Hamilton County Coal confirms death of miner - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Hamilton County Coal confirms death of miner

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UPDATED: January 7, 2019 4:11 p.m. -- Family members on Facebook identify the miner killed Saturday morning as 55 year-old John Ditterline. 

Hamilton County Coal LLC released a statement saying, "appropriate state and federal authorities were notified of the accident and investigations by those agencies and Hamilton County Coal are ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask you to join us in extending support to this miners family and his coworkers during this difficult time." 

ORIGINAL STORY: HAMILTON CO., Ill. -- Officials with Hamilton County Coal say a tragic accident caused the death of a miner in Mine #1 near Dahlgren.

Coworkers discovered the man pinned between an underground air lock door and a coal rib around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. 
    
Employees tried to resuscitate him, but at 4:45 a.m. he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim.

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