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Miner found dead on surface of Randolph County mine brother of miner killed in Sago blast

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said a coal miner was killed in a Randolph County mine. (MGN Online)

A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one of 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that authorities identified the miner found dead Friday as Owen Mark Jones, a fire boss at the Pleasant Hill Mine. The surface mine is located near Mill Creek, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Charleston.

Gov. Jim Justice's office called the death "especially heartbreaking." Jones' brother, Jesse, was among those killed when an explosion ripped through the Sago Mine, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Mill Creek.

The brothers had worked together at the same mines for 17 years.

Fifty-one-year-old Owen Jones is survived his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

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The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said a coal miner was killed in a Randolph County mine.

Owen Mark Jones, 51, of Pickens was found deceased on the surface of the mine at about 2:20 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the he West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

Jones was a fireboss at the Carter Roag Coal Company.

At this time, the cause of his death has not been determined. Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training and Mine Safety and Health Administration have started their investigation.

At this time, the mine has been idled.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice released the following statement Friday night:

"Cathy and I are deeply saddened at the news of the death of one of our miners. It is especially heartbreaking to learn that this family has been devastated twice in the last 11 years by losing loved ones in the mines. Our prayers are with the Jones family, their friends and all of our dedicated miners in West Virginia."


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