Kentucky coal miner killed in accident at underground mine

Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 6:15 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Authorities said a Kentucky coal miner has died in an accident at an underground mine.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said 48-year-old Lester Daugherty Jr. suffered critical injuries while performing maintenance at a 16,000-foot deep River View mine in Waverly.

The state Division of Mine Safety sent investigators to the mine Saturday.

“We are deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Mr. Daugherty Jr.,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “We join everyone across Kentucky who offer their prayers and support for his family, friends and community as they mourn his untimely loss.”

Mining operations were shut down during the site inspection and the mine was closed for the investigation. Daugherty, of Sturgis, was a mechanic with 16 years of experience.

Officials said the Division of Mine Safety last inspected the mine in October.

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