Mining accident kills Ky. miner

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. (WYMT) - Tennessee and Kentucky friends and family are mourning the loss of a Harlan County coal miner.

32-year-old Jeremy Perkins died early Wednesday morning in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

He was working underground when officials say part of the ceiling collapsed on top of him.

The Kopper Glo Mine in Clairfield, Tennessee is closed while officials investigate how the miner was killed early Wednesday morning.

The Claiborne County Sheriff's Department says boulders fell on top of the miner. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Tazewell.

The Claiborne County Sheriff's Department says the victim is 32 year old Jeremy Perkins of Harlan County.

The family did not want to talk to the media.

Those who knew Perkins in Harlan County say he was a good neighbor.

Those who live in Clairfield say it is a tight-knit town that revolves around coal mining.

EMS workers say they cannot recall any other trouble at the Kopper Glo mine before Wednesday.

Workers at the mine, who were not authorized to talk on camera, say the mine will remain closed while MSHA investigates.

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