A 48-year-old man was killed about 8:15 a.m. Friday when a section of a wall collapsed in a Harlan County coal mine where he was working.
Mark Frazier of Line Fork was hit by falling material at Huff Creek Mine No. 1 in Holmes Mill, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The mine wasn’t producing coal at the time; Frazier was performing maintenance work.
The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing Inc., a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc. The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and Licensing sent its lead investigator and two specialists to the scene.
The death is the second at a Kentucky coal mine this year, equaling the fatality total for all of 2015.
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“I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Frazier family,” said Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely, a former Arch Coal executive. “It’s a very sad time when any coal miner gets killed in the state of Kentucky.”