A Department of Labor spokesperson has confirmed that one miner was killed Tuesday at the Shoal Creek Mine.
Jesse Lawder, the official, says that the miner was killed after being caught between a power center and the mine rib. Workers were moving a spare power center at the time.
Lawder says the miner was given CPR during transport from underground to the surface but was pronounced dead after being brought out of the mine.
Darryl Dewberry, a representative for the United Mine Workers of America, identified the male victim as "an experienced miner." The man was 27-years-old and has been with Drummond Company, which operates the mine, since 2005.
Dewberry says the victim's name will be withheld until his next of kin can be notified.
According to Lawder, Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) personnel are conducting an accident investigation and mine operations will be suspended until it is completed.
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