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Worker Dies in Mine Owned by Governor Justice

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Authorities say a worker took a fatal fall at a West Virginia mine owned by Gov. Jim Justice.Underground Mine, Miners, Mining

Patrick Graham is vice president for Southern Coal Corp. He says a worker at the company’s Bishop Preparation plant in McDowell County died about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Graham says both the company and mine safety agencies are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

The miner’s name wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Justice issued a statement Tuesday asking West Virginians to pray for the lost miner and his family.

The Justice administration has said that the new governor established a trust to run his businesses while he’s in office.