Wise County Coal Miner Killed This Morning
State mining officials identified the victim as William Wayne Parrott, 58, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Parrott was a mining repairman who’d worked as a miner for 33 years.
A joint state and federal investigation is underway after a mine wall collapse killed a veteran miner in Wise County, Virginia Thursday morning.
The accident happened about 6:30 a.m. at the Big Laurel Mining Corporation Mine #2, an underground mine in Wise County just outside the town of Appalachia.
“A crew working about 12,000 feet into the mine was cutting out an area to install a belt drive to transport coal,“ said Mike Abbott, Public Relations Manager for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. “ Some of the coal and rock hit the miner,“ Abbott said. Miners describe what’s called a rib roll, the collapse of coal and rock when the side rib walls give way, Abbott said.
Abbott said the miner was 58 years old, a 33 year mining veteran who’d worked for the Big Laurel Mining Corporation for 4 years. VDMME likely will release the name of the victim later today, Abbott said. Big Laurel’s parent company is Cumberland Resources Corporation based in Wise, Virginia. (link)
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