One man in hospital after coal mining accident

A coal mining accident in Harlan County has one man in the hospital.

It happened yesterday at Stillhouse Mining in Lynch.

Jimmy Saylor was working on a belt within in the mine.

He turned off the belt before climbing on it.

"While he was there working on the belt, the sampler comes on and makes a swipe at the belt and of course hits him. So when it strikes him, then he falls," said Tracy Stumbo, Accident Investigation Division Chief Investigator.

Saylor is in stable condition at Holston Valley Hospital with several injuries.

Electrical inspectors are on site now checking into the mechanics of the equipment.

Officials are trying to determine whether the accident was a mechanical error.

The mine was closed yesterday, but it is back open today.


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