Miner dead in Leslie County after welding accident

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

ROCKHOUSE, Ky. (AP) — A miner is dead after being hit on the head by a piece of machinery he was working on.

The Leslie County Coroner told WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/14nn3WQ) the accident happened on Saturday morning at the Begley No.1mine site of T & T Energy in Leslie County.

Fifty-two-year-old Jerry Watts was welding on the liner of a bulldozer blade when a jack slipped and Watts was struck in the head by the liner.

He died at the scene from blunt force trauma. Watts was from Slemp in Perry County.

The television station reports Watt's death is the first mining-related fatality in Kentucky of 2013.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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