Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sturgis man dies in mining accident

A Sturgis coal miner has been killed at an underground mine near Waverly.

According to the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety, the miner was Eli Eldridge, 34. He was apparently struck by a coal-hauling car at Patriot Coal Highland No. 9 around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports, "Eldridge was hit by a ram car, a long flat motorized car that hauls coal to the feeder."

It was just the second mining fatality in Kentucky in 2014.