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Crews search for Kentucky miner after roof collapse

Crews search for a Kentucky miner who was working alone when a roof collapsed deep underground

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Crews were searching Monday for a Kentucky miner who was working alone when a roof collapsed deep underground, officials said.

James D. Brown, 33, of Lynch, began his shift as a roof bolting operator late Sunday at the D-29 Darby Fork mine in Harlan County, which is owned by Inmet Mining LLC, of Knoxville, Tennessee, Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and Environment. noted.

The collapse occurred about an hour later, about 14,000 feet into the coal mine, according to the cabinet statement.

The Kentucky Mine Safety Division sent investigators early Monday to the mine, which suspended operations while the search continues, according to the statement.

“Kentuckians who go to the mines daily to provide the coal that helps power this country face special dangers and deserve our gratitude,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Britainy and I are praying for the minor and his family – we all hope he recovers safely.”

Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Rebecca Goodman said they hope to find Brown safe first, and then “will begin the process of looking into what happened at that mine.” and how it could have been avoided.

ABC News

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