Miner Recovers After Weekend Accident

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

An eastern Kentucky man continues to recover after he received a jolt of electricity while working at a Harlan County Coal Mine over the weekend.

Christopher Miles, 24, says it was a near death experience.

He was moving a cable and standing in water when he was shocked while working in an underground mine.

Now he's recovering and says he's lucky to be alive.

"It's something I don't want to experience or go through again," Miles said.

Christopher Miles says he was working underground at the Panther Coal Mine in Cumberland.

He was moving a cable when he was shocked by four-hundred-eighty volts of electricity.

"It felt like I was shocked for a long period of time. That's something I've never experienced. The worst pain I've ever felt," Christopher Miles said.

Miles has been a coal miner for three-years and says he works underground everyday.

But Saturday he says he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It's a bad feeling filling in for someone else who's been hurt, then you almost get killed," Christopher Miles said.

"Well, he was real pale and shaking real bad. Almost scared me and his mommy to death," Glenn Miles, Christoper's fater said.

Christopher spent one night in the hospital and managed to get away with just one burn on his hand.

"I'm real sore, still in a lot of pain. I'm real lucky to be alive," Christopher sad.

The hardest part now for Christopher, will be going back to work at the same mine knowing it's where he almost lost his life.

"It's something I'm going to deal with everyday and wonder if it's ever going to happen again," Christopher said.

Of course 2006 was a deadly year in the mines with 16 deaths in the state.

No deaths have been reported this year so far, but a miner in Perry County was also injured last week and two miners were killed by a roof collapse over the weekend just across the border in McDowell County, West Virginia.


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