Truck driver dies at eastern Kentucky coal mine

JENKINS, Ky. (AP) - A coal miner has died after the rock truck he was driving ran over an embankment at an eastern Kentucky coal mine and overturned.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere said the accident that killed 32-year-old Jeremy L. Steward of Jenkins happened about 8 a.m. EDT on Thursday in Letcher County. Louviere said federal mine inspectors are investigating.

The coal fatality is the second of the year in Kentucky and the sixth of the year in the United States. All have occurred at surface mines.

Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Cabinet spokesman
Dick Brown said the accident occurred at a mine operated by J & A
Mining Inc. near Mayking.

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