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RAINELLE (WVVA) - Hundreds gathered at a funeral home in Rainelle Tuesday to pay their final respects to a fallen coal miner.

A public viewing for Steven O'Dell was held at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Tuesday evening.

O'Dell lost his life in a mining accident last Friday, leaving behind a loving family and caring community.

A private funeral service for close friends and family was scheduled for Wednesday.

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MOUNT NEBO (WVVA) - Funeral arrangements have been set for a miner who was killed on the job last week.

Steven O'Dell, 27, of Mount Nebo died shortly after being caught between a scoop and continuous mining machine in a Greenbrier County mine owned by a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources.

A public viewing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace funeral Home in Rainelle.

A private funeral service for family and close friends will be held the following day.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia mine safety officials say a 27-year-old worker is dead after an accident at a Greenbrier County coal mine owned by a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert, according Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.

The victim was identified as Steve Odell of Mount Nebo, a certified electrician with three years of mining experience -- two and a half at the mine.

Odell was caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a local hospital.

State investigators are on the scene of what Fitzwater said is the state's sixth mining fatality this year.

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