PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Part of the roof collapsed Tuesday at a coal mine in eastern Kentucky, killing one miner, a state official said.
The rock fall occurred about 900 feet inside the Maverick Mining Co. LLC mine in Pikeville, near the Virginia line, said Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing.
Wolfe said Tuesday night the miner who was killed was the only person harmed. No name was immediately released.
Suzy Bohnert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, said federal officials were on the scene.
Wolfe said a nine-person rescue crew was sent to the mine when the accident was reported shortly after 3 p.m. EST.
A person who answered the phone at Maverick Mining in Pikeville declined comment.
Last week, 12 miners died after an explosion in a coal mine in West Virginia.