Miner Injured In Bell County Dies

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A coal miner has died after being injured
earlier this month in an incident at an underground mine in eastern

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says in a preliminary
report that 45-year-old Joseph D. Roberts was riding on top of a
scoop on July 17 when he was injured at the Butcher Branch Mine
near Beverly in Bell County.

The report says driver attempted to stop the scoop and dropped the bucket to the mine floor, causing the scoop to bow and pin Roberts against the mine's roof.

Roberts was hospitalized in Bristol, Tenn., where he died on
July 25 during emergency surgery.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports it's the first underground
mining death for the state in more than a year and a half.

MSHA spokesman Matthew Faraci says there will be no conclusions
about the incident until a final report is made public.

Telephone numbers for mine officials could not be located Monday
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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