2 Killed in Accidents at West Virginia Coal Mines
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2 Killed in Accidents at West Virginia Coal Mines

AP reported that two employees have died in separate accidents at coal mines in West Virginia this month. Timothy Keith Collins, 53, of

AP reported that two employees have died in separate accidents at coal mines in West Virginia this month. Timothy Keith Collins, 53, of Mill Creek, died in an accident Wednesday in Randolph County. He was an independent coal truck driver. According to an incident report, the accident was reported shortly after 5 AM at Carter-Roag Coal’s Morgan Camp Mine. Collins had pulled his loaded coal truck off to the side of a haul road located between the mines and a cleaning plant. Collins was walking around the side when a truck ran over him.

On August 4, Jeffrey Allen Hudnall, 60, died in an accident at Marfork Coal in the Raleigh County community of Packsville. A caller to 911 reported that Hudnall was working on top of a loader, lost his balance and fell to the ground, knocking him unconscious, according to an incident report.

The deaths brings the number of fatal incidents at West Virginia coal mines to five this year. There have been three other such deaths nationally, in Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.

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