Leslie County mining accident kills one

ROCKHOUSE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing is investigating the death of a Perry County man, Jerry Watts.

Watts died after a mining accident at the Begley mine site of T&T Energy.

The Leslie County coroner says Watts received blunt force trauma that ultimately killed him.

Officials say Watts took that trauma to the head when a jack slipped on a bulldozer blade liner that he was welding.

The mine site has been shut down since the accident, and some say the investigations surrounding it could keep it closed for more than a week.

The owner of T&T Energy, Tony Hamilton, says "Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's co-workers and family. This has been devastating for all of us."

The company often contracted Watts for welding work.

He was 52 years old and leaves behind his mother, wife and teenage daughter.

Updated Saturday 6:00pm

ROCKHOUSE, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) – A Perry County miner has died after what's being called a machinery maintenance accident at a Leslie County surface mine.

Officials tell us Jerry A. Watts, 52, of Slemp, was killed at the Begley #1 mine site of T&T Energy in Short Creek around 11 a.m.

Officials now say Watts was doing welding work on a liner of a dozer blade when a jack slipped, allowing the liner to strike Watts in the head.

The Leslie County coroner told us from the scene the man died from blunt force trauma.

This is the first mining-related accident in Kentucky in 2013.

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