Ky. man dies of injuries suffered at surface mine

LOUELLEN, Ky. (AP) - A Harlan County man has died nearly two
weeks after suffering injuries when the bulldozer he was driving
overturned at a surface mine.

State officials say 28-year-old David J. Middleton, of Baxter,
died Monday at Wellmont Holstien Valley Hospital in Kingsport,

Middleton was doing reclamation work on a highwall at Nally and
Hamilton Enterprise's Mill Branch Mine on Nov. 2 when the bulldozer
flipped several times and landed in the road, according to reports
from federal mining officials. Middleton suffered head injuries and
was found unconscious.

It was the eighth mining-related death in Kentucky this year,
and the fourth since Oct. 28.

The state Office of Mine Safety and Licensing began providing
on-site training and safety reminders to miners and operators this
week as a response to the recent deaths.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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