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UPDATED: W.Va. miner killed in prep plant accident identified

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MALDEN, W.Va. (AP) -- A worker at a Kanawha County coal operation has died following an accident.

State authorities have identified a miner who died following an accident at a Kanawha County coal operation. Thirty-four-year-old Brandon E. Townsend of Delbarton died Wednesday after a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press at Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant. Another worker was injured.  Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater said Thursday that the accident remains under investigation.
   Midland Trail is owned by Patriot Coal

 

ORIGINAL REPORT:
U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says the miner died Wednesday at Midland Trail Energy's Blue Creek preparation plant in Malden when a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press. Louviere says a second miner was injured.
The names of the miners involved weren't immediately available.
Louviere says an order was issued closing the plant, and a federal investigator was en route to West Virginia.
Midland Trail is owned by Patriot Coal.

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