Associated Press Published

West Virginia Officials Investigate Coal Miner Death


West Virginia officials are investigating the death of a coal miner.

State Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Smithson says preliminary information suggests the miner at the Leer Mine in Grafton may have suffered a medical condition. She says a full investigation is under way by the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training.

WBOY-TV reports an emergency call to the Harrison-Taylor 911 Center was made at 4:15 a.m. Monday.

The miner’s name wasn’t immediately released.

It marks the second reported death at a West Virginia coal mine this year. A miner died in an accident at a Wyoming County mine on Jan. 4.