West Virginia officials say a 38-year-old coal miner has died in an accident.
The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said preliminary information indicates Adam DeBoard of Craigsville died of head injuries he suffered in a fall from a highwall mine.
The fall happened shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday at the South Fork Coal Co. LLC Blue Knob Surface Mine in Greenbrier County.
DeBoard was a loader operator.
Gov. Jim Justice said in a press release that he and first lady Cathy Justice were sad to hear about the death.
It is the first coal mining fatality in West Virginia this year and the third nationwide. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said the others occurred in Kentucky and Illinois.
The agency’s inspectors are investigating.