HYDEN, Ky. (AP) — A coal miner has been killed in an underground collapse at a mine in southeastern Kentucky in the state's first mining fatality of the year.
State officials say 29-year-old Travis G. Brock worked for Bledsoe Coal Co. at the Abner Branch mine in southern Leslie County.
The state's Energy and Environment Cabinet says a pillar supporting the mine roof gave way Friday morning around 9:15 a.m. EST. Brock, of Helton, was struck by debris and suffered fatal injuries.
Bledsoe Coal is a subsidiary of Richmond, Va.-based James River Coal Company.
The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing is investigating the incident. Officials say the mine will be closed until a site investigation and interviews are finished.
There were four mine-related fatalities in Kentucky in 2009.