MSHA: miner killed near W.Va.-Pa. line

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials say a miner has died in a roof fall at Consol Energy's Blacksville No. 2 mine.

Jesse Lawder of the Mine Safety and Health Administration said the miner was struck by a rock from the roof in the outly track area at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

Lawder said an inspector is on site and a closure order has been issued.

The miner's identity has not been released.

The mine is located in Greene County, Pa., near the West Virginia border. Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay said the company notified state and federal authorities and will cooperate in the investigation.

The mine is a large longwall operation that employs about 585 workers. Last year, it produced 4.3 million tons of coal.

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