Kentucky man killed in accident at Illinois mine

EQUALITY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have identified the miner
killed at a troubled Peabody Energy mine in southern Illinois as a
61-year-old Kentucky man.
He was struck by a piece of heavy underground equipment at
Peabody Energy's Willow Lake mine on Friday.
The Saline County coroner's office identified the man as Thomas
N. Brown of Eddyville, Ky. He was a section foreman.
The mine has been closed while officials from the Mine Safety
and Health Administration and the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources investigate the accident.
MSHA recently singled out Willow Lake as particularly dangerous.
The agency has fined Peabody $230,000 for violations at the mine
since late 2008.
St. Louis-based Peabody has defended its safety record.

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