Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 20, 2013

W.Va. miner dies after being hit by scoop

Associated Press

BECKLEY — A state Department of Commerce spokeswoman says a coal miner has died after being hit by a scoop at a mine in Raleigh County.

Spokeswoman Leslie Fitzwater says 44-year-old John Myles of Hilltop died Tuesday from his injuries.

She says the accident occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday night at Pocahontas Coal Co.’s Affinity Mine as Myles was shoveling coal ribs.

It’s the second fatal accident at the mine this month and the fourth mining-related fatality in West Virginia this year.

Forty-three-year Edward L. Finney of Bluefield, Va., was killed at the Affinity Mine on Feb. 7 when a hoist moved unexpectedly as he was pushing a scoop bucket insert full of trash onto it.