Family Mourning Loss Of Man Killed In Mine Accident

Family members continue to grieve after a Pike County coal miner's death on Saturday.

The accident occurred at the McCoy Elkhorn Number 23 Mine. State mining officials say a large plug at the end of an electrical cable struck 44 year old Tony Swieney in the head.

By profession, 44 year old Tony Swieney was a coal miner, and according to family and friends, a good one at that. They describe him as a hardworking man who had been mining underground since he was 18 years old. Those same family and friends say Tony Swieney was more than a lifelong coal miner. They say he was a son, a husband of 18 years, and a father of three honor roll students.

In the town of Ashcamp where he lived, relatives say Swieney meant even more as deacon of the Glory Bound Free Will Baptist Church.

Family members said Sunday they preferred not to appear on camera, but to find Tony Swieney the family man, Tony Swieney the Christian, one need only look towards heaven.

State mining officials say the mine will be closed until the investigation is completed. Meanwhile, several area miners who were not at the mine when the accident occurred say they believe Swieney's death appears to be a freak accident.


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