Harlan Co. bulldozer driver succumbs to injuries
A Harlan County man has died nearly two weeks after suffering injuries when the bulldozer he was driving overturned at a surface mine. State officials say 28-year-old David J. Middleton, of Baxter, died Monday at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. According to reports from federal mining officials, Middleton was doing reclamation work on a highwall at Nally and Hamilton Enterprise's Mill Branch Mine on Nov. 2 when the bulldozer flipped several times and landed in the road. Middleton suffered head injuries and was found unconscious. It was the eighth mining-related death in Kentucky this year, and the fourth since Oct. 28.