Man Dies At Raleigh County Mine, Name Released

RALEIGH COUNTY (WOAY) — An employee performing electrical work at a coal mine in Raleigh County died Wednesday, state officials said.

The Office of Miners Heath Health and Training say, James A. Whitlock, 38, of Smithers was killed about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in an incident at the Pocahontas Coal Company Devils Fork 2 highwall Mine.

Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued the following statement today after learning of the death of a coal miner in Raleigh County.

“West Virginia has lost another one of our dedicated coal miners. We were heartbroken when we heard the news and encourage everyone to join us in praying for the family, friends and co-workers of James A. Whitlock of Smithers. Our mining community is a close-knit group and we know they have come together in this most difficult time.”

Whitlock, a highwall mine operator for Bundy Auger Mining, died while he was performing electrical work on a highwall miner.

Inspectors from the Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training are investigating.

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