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UPDATE: Fallen miner laid to rest

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FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Family and friends gathered Sunday to pay their final respects to a coal miner killed in an accident in Raleigh County last week.

John Myles, 44, of Hilltop, was laid to rest Sunday in Fayetteville.

Myles, a shuttle car operator, died from injuries sustained on the job at Affinity Mine in Sophia Tuesday night. He was hit by a scoop while shoveling coal ribs and was pronounced dead a short time later at Raleigh General Hospital.

Loved ones at the service said Myles -- known affectionately by some as 'Hollywood' -- was a hard working family man who loved the outdoors.

He leaves behind his wife, mother and six children.

Myles death was the second in less than two weeks at Affinity Mine. On Feb. 8, 43-year-old Edward L. Finney of Bluefield, Va., died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident also involving a scoop.

Finney was crushed to death while pushing a scoop bucket insert full of trash onto a hoist. The hoist moved unexpectedly, reportedly picking up the scoop and trapping Finney underneath.

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