Fatal mining accident in Knott Co.
A man is dead after a mining accident in Eastern Kentucky. MSHA officials say it happened around 9:00 Wednesday morning at the McCoy Elkhorn coal mine near the Mousie community in Knott County. Contract workers were removing a belt line from the mine when one worker fell off a catwalk about 15 feet in the air. Officials say he suffered a head injury and died on the way to the hospital.
"MSHA takes any accidents seriously, and certainly a fatality. What we would initially do generally is order that section of the mine or the entire mine shut down so we can conduct an investigation," said MSHA spokesperson Amy Louviere.
The man's body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy. His name has not yet been released. Officials say the mine is active, but in a non-producing status. This marks the 7th mining death this year.