Name of miner killed in western Kentucky coal mine released

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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A coal worker died at a western Kentucky mine, company officials said Thursday.

Officials identified the man as 39-year-old Jeremy Elder.

In a statement, Warrior Coal General Manager of Operations Bill Adelman said employees found the Leder unresponsive near a battery-powered scoop inside the Cardinal Mine in Madisonville.

Elder was working when he was pinned underneath a scoop.

His fellow miners carried him back to the surface, where they were met by emergency crews. Elder was pronounced dead around 4:45 p.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we ask you to join us in extending support to this miner's family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time," Adelman said.

The accident is under investigation by the Division of Mine Safety personnel, who were on site today.