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Tree falls, kills man at Eastern Kentucky mine site

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Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 8:26 PM EST
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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a death at a mine site.

Deputies said they were dispatched to Colmar mine site around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday of reports that a tree fell on top of a truck.

A news release said the mine site is owned by Nally & Hamilton Coal Company.

32-year-old Cecil Todd of Ewing, Virginia was flown to Middlesboro ARH but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An investigation determined the tree, which was nearly two feet thick, fell from the high wall above the road and hit the truck as it passed by.

A passenger inside the truck, Joshua Pendleton, 45, also of Ewing, was also taken to Middlesboro to be treated for a broken hip and pelvis. No word on his current condition.

All mining operations were shut down after the accident and will continue to be suspended Wednesday while an investigation continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Tuesday afternoon.

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