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Coal mine cited for fatal rock fall

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State officials say hazardous conditions
inside an eastern Kentucky mine contributed to the death of a miner
killed by falling rocks earlier this year.

The collapse in the Abner Branch Rider underground mine in
Leslie County on Jan. 22 killed 29-year-old Travis G. Brock.

The state Office of Mine Safety and Licensing issued three
citations earlier this month to the mine's owner, Bledsoe Coal.
They say Bledsoe did not comply with a roof control plan and that a
hazardous condition existed at the underground site where the rock
fall occurred. The third citation was unrelated to Brock's death.

Tony Oppegard, an attorney for Brock's widow, says the family is
considering a civil suit against Bledsoe Coal, a subsidiary of
Richmond, Va.-based James River Coal. James River Vice President
Sam Hopkins did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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