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Young Miner Dies in W.Va.


The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training confirms that a miner died at Mettiki Coal’s Mountain View Mine in Tucker County.

In an email, the state office said 20-year-old Daniel Lambka of Kitzmiller, Maryland, “suffered crushing injuries”. 

The statement said the accident happened around 9:10 p.m., Thursday night.

Mr. Lambka had 2 ½ years of mining experience 4 ½ months of which were acquired at this mine. His position was that of general laborer.

State officials are investigating. Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miner’s Health Safety and Training have been on-scene conducting their investigation since Thursday evening.

The fatality is the first mine death in 2014.