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UPDATE: Names released in deadly Harlan County mine accident

UPDATE: The names of the miners involved in a deadly accident in Harlan County have been released.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing say one miner was killed, and two others injured in a mine accident in Harlan County Tuesday.

The miner killed has been identified as Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va. The miners injured in the accident are Terry Scott and Johnny Nantz. We're told their injuries do not appear life-threatening.

MSHA reports miners were conducting retreat mining operations when the accident happened around noon. We're told the side of a coal pillar burst, causing the miners to become trapped.

The mine is the Huff Creek Mine, located near Holmes Mill on Black Mountain. It is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

This is the second mine fatality in Kentucky in 2013. In January, a miner was struck by a liner blade, when a jack supporting the blade slipped.


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