Underground miner killed in eastern Kentucky

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - A foreman has been killed at an
underground mine in eastern Kentucky in the third mine-related
fatality in the state in 10 days.

Investigators say 47-year-old Jerry Britton was apparently
struck by a piece of equipment Monday morning inside the Hubble
Mining Company's No. 9 mine in Letcher County.

The miner from Pound, Va., was taken to a local hospital where
he was pronounced dead.

It was the state's seventh mine-related death in 2011. It
happened 10 days after two workers at a western Kentucky surface
mine were crushed by falling rock and debris in their truck.

Hubble's No. 9 mine has had two accidents this year, including a
July incident where a worker was injured by a hydraulic jack. The
mine is closed pending an investigation.

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


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