Local Mine Worker Dies after Fire


UPDATE*: We’re learning more details into the investigation of the death of a local coal miner in a fire.

Just after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom released a statement on the latest in the investigation.

“A heavy equipment operator has passed away from injuries received, after a piece of equipment he was operating caught fire this past Friday. 

Sullivan County Sheriff’s dispatch received the call from employees at the Bear Run Mine at 3:48 AM. Deputy Jeffery Kinnett responded, along with Union Fire/ Rescue and Sullivan County and Carlisle Ambulances. 

The heavy equipment operator had been operating a large haul truck, when it suddenly caught fire. The driver, who jumped from the piece of equipment, was attended to by mine rescue personnel, before being transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital. 

The man, who is from the Freelandville area, passed away from his injuries. 

Further information will be released as details become available.”

ORIGINAL*: An investigation is ongoing after a local coal mine worker dies after a fire.

A Peabody spokesperson confirms to WTWO News that an incident happened at the Bear Run Mine in Dugger last Friday morning.

The spokesperson says a 60-year-old contract employee was involved in an equipment fire.

The worker was transferred to a regional medical facility for burn treatment. The Mine Safety and Health Administration was notified and an investigation is ongoing.

In a statement to WTWO News, Peabody says, “We were informed Wednesday the individual suddenly passed away. We were surprised and dismayed to learn of the sudden passing and extend our deepest sympathy to family, friends and colleagues.”

WTWO News has not yet learned the person’s name.

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