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Miner Hospitalized After Being Trapped

November 9, 2013
By IAN HICKS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A worker at Murray Energy's Century Mine was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital Friday morning after being trapped underground.

The man's condition remains unknown, but Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent said the worker, whose name has not been released, was talking and had no "noticeable or visible" injuries.

"Consistent with our past practices, we had him transported to a Pittsburgh area hospital," Broadbent said.

The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m., according to a Belmont County dispatcher. The man was brought to the surface, where a helicopter was waiting to fly him from the scene.

Broadbent said the man, whom he described as a "very experienced" continuous mining machine operator, apparently positioned his body between a cable handling device on the machine and a rib of coal. The accident occurred when he pulled the device against his body, he said.

The Beallsville Fire Department responded to the scene.

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