RALEIGH MINE FATALITY Miner Killed At Raleigh Site Identified
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 8, 2013 10:08 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 8, 2013 3:33 PM EST
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West Virginia regulators have identified a coal miner who was killed in Raleigh County.
Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater said 43-year-old Edward L. Finney of Bluefield, Va., died of injuries from an accident Thursday night at Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity Mine.
State and federal regulators said a West Virginia coal miner has been killed in Raleigh County, crushed under a scoop.
The victim's identity was not immediately released Friday, but officials say it happened Thursday night at Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Affinity Mine.
MSHA said the miner was pushing a scoop bucket insert full of trash onto a hoist when the hoist moved unexpectedly. The preliminary investigation suggests the hoist picked up the scoop and trapped the victim underneath.
It's the second equipment-related death this week.
On Wednesday, 34-year-old Brandon Townsend of Delbarton died when a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press at Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant in Kanawha County. Another worker was injured.
Midland Trail is owned by Patriot Coal.
Investigations into both deaths are under way.
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