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Investigators Suspect W.Va. Mine Electrician Cut Live Cable

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal investigators believe a West
Virginia miner who died last week was electrocuted when he cut a
live cable.

A preliminary Mine Safety and Health Administration report
released Monday says 24-year-old Nathan Dove was repairing an
electric shuttle car used to transport coal underground when the
accident occurred at 8:45 p.m. Friday. He died 45 minutes later.

The accident occurred at Massey Energy Co.'s Aracoma Alma No. 1
Mine in southern West Virginia, scene of a high-profile fire that
killed two miners in January 2006.

A spokesman for Richmond, Va.-based Massey did not immediately
return a call Monday. Massey runs mines in West Virginia, Virginia
and Kentucky.

Dove is the second West Virginia coal miner to die at work this
year and the ninth nationally.


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