Miner killed in Harlan County identified

The miner killed in an accident in Harlan County has been identified as David A. Partin, 49, of Pineville, authorities said Thursday.

He was working as a continuous-haulage belt person at the Manalapan P1 mine at Pathfork when the accident occurred about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Preliminary reports indicated Wednesday that Partin was killed in a roof fall, said Dick Brown, a cabinet spokesman.

The mine was closed for an investigation by the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.

Partin was the second miner in the state to be killed in 2011. On March 25, Robert L. Cook of Inez was killed when he was pinned between a continuous-miner boom and a mine wall.