Officials Release Name of Man Who Died in Boone County Mine

State officials have released the name of the man who died on mine property in Boone County.

Preliminary information from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said Zachary Grant Harris, 28, of Foster died while accessing a manhole at a clarifying pond, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

The cause of death is unknown. Boone County 911 reported originally that he fell through a crack at an abandoned mine in Cazy.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Harris was a mobile equipment operator for Blackhawk Mining. The property is owned by Blackhawk Mining in Boone County.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Office released a statement about the death.

“Cathy and I are heartbroken after learning about the death of one of our coal miners in Boone County,” the governor’s statement said. “Please join us as we pray for the family and friends of Zachary Grant Harris. It’s tragic to lose someone so young. Our miners and coal community are very dedicated and always come together in difficult times like this.”

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