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Death reported at Raleigh County coal mine

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The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training confirms a worker was killed Wednesday at a Raleigh County mine.

The "fatal incident" occurred at 5:45 p.m. at the Pocahontas Coal Company's Devils Fork 2 highwall mine.

According to Samantha Smith, the victim, identified as James A. Whitlock of Smithers, WV died while performing electrical work on a highwall miner.

Whitlock worked for Bundy Auger Mining, Inc. as a highwall miner operator. He was 38-years-old.

Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training have begun their investigation. Whitlock's death is the second fatal mining incident in West Virginia in 2018. 

U.S. Senator Joe Manchiin released the following statement on Whitlock's death:

“Gayle and I were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of James A. Whitlock in Raleigh County. Our coal miners and their families make sacrifices most of us cannot imagine to keep our state and nation strong. As we mourn the loss of Mr. Whitlock, we come together to lift up his family, friends, coworkers and loved ones in prayer. We join all West Virginians in holding the Whitlock family in our thoughts and hearts during this difficult time.” --U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins expressed condolences to his family:

“I’m saddened to learn of the death of James Whitlock, one of West Virginia’s hardworking miners. Coal miners are truly a family, and today, that family is united in sorrow. I join all West Virginians in sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fellow miners during this difficult time,” Rep. Jenkins said.

Click here to read a previous report on West Virginia's the first mining fatality of this year. 

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