First Ky. mine fatality in 2010

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:06 AM

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.

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