Associated Press Published

Fuel Truck Driver Killed at Alpha Surface Mine


A truck driver has died following an accident at an Alpha Natural Resources surface mine in Southern West Virginia.

Alpha says in a news release that the fuel truck overturned Tuesday morning on a haul road on the Republic Energy surface mine property in Raleigh County.

Alpha says the driver was employed by Rogers Petroleum, a fuel service contractor for the Bristol, Virginia-based coal company. The driver’s name hasn’t been released.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is investigating the accident. The office says the Republic Energy mine spans Raleigh, Fayette and Kanawha counties.

The accident occurred a day after a worker at one of Alpha’s affiliate mines in Southwest Virginia was killed when he was struck by a falling rock.