A coal miner was killed Monday in an accident in an underground mine in Pike County, according to the state Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.
A preliminary investigation shows Farley Sargent, 33, was laying rail track in the mine when a section of the wall collapsed into the mine corridor, fatally injuring him, according to a news release.
The accident happened at 11:40 a.m. at the McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. Mine No. 23.
The death is the second mining fatality in Kentucky this year, according to the release.
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Under federal guidelines, which are different from the state's, it would be the fourth mining-related fatality in the state this year, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.