Miner Killed on the Job

Local - 2/8/2013 3:57 PM
UPDATE: Authorities release the identity of the miner killed in Sophia Thursday night.  43-year-old Edward L. Finney of Bluefield, Virginia, died from injuries after an accident at Affinity Coal Company's mine.  Stay with Newswatch for the very latest as more details become available.

SOPHIA: A miner was killed on the job Thursday night in Raleigh County.

Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety and Health Administration said in a release that it happened around 9:20 Thursday night at Affinity Coal Company's Mine in Sophia. 

It was reported that while the man was pushing a scoop bucket insert full of trash onto a hoist, the hoist moved unexpectedly.  That's when the hoist picked up the scoop and trapped the victim under the scoop crushing him. 

MSHA's District 4 personnel have responded and started an investigation.

As always, stick with Newswatch for more as this story develops.


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