Mining accident leaves one man dead

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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - A longtime eastern Kentucky coal miner has died after being crushed in an underground accident.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere said 58-year-old Wilson Rome Meade died Tuesday after being
struck by a trailer loaded with concrete block. Louviere said an investigation continues at the small D&C Mining Corp. mine in Harlan County.

State officials say Meade, of Smith, was a foreman with 40 years of mining experience.

Ricki Gardenhire, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Energy and
Environment Cabinet, said it was the second coal fatality in the state this year. A surface mine reported a fatality in May.

Louviere said it was the seventh mining fatality of the year in the United States and the first underground coal mine fatality in 233 days.

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WYMT talked with Sharon Meade, Rome Meade's wife Wednesday. She and the Meade family would like to express thanks to the following mine workers they say came to the aid of Meade after the accident: Chad Green, Homer Ely, Pat Grubbs and Mark Cain.

Rome Meade's funeral arrangements are pending at Mount Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan.

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