Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 30, 2012

1 dead after Alpha mining accident in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, 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 Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources.

Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training says it happened early Friday morning at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert.

The miner has not been identified yet, but investigators say he was caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine.

He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a local hospital.

State investigators are on scene.

Fitzwater says this is the state's sixth mining fatality this year.

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