Death At An Eastern Kentucky Coal Mine

An eastern Kentucky man dies on his first day on the job at a strip mining site in Perry County.

MSHA and the Department of Mines and Minerals are handling the investigation.

The Perry County Coroner was called to the site off of Kentucky 699 in Leatherwood around 2:00pm Wednesday afternoon.

We're told the site on Deep Hole Branch and is owned by AME Coal Company.

The coroner says the man was operating a bulldozer when it went over a 100 foot embankment.

Officials are waiting to contact his family before releasing the victim's name.

His body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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