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Madisonville Coal Miner Killed in Mining Accident
By West Kentucky Star Staff
HOPKINS COUNTY - A coal miner was killed Tuesday while working in a Hopkins County mine.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 58-year-old Phillip Ramsey of Madisonville, a shuttle car operator at the Cardinal mine, began his shift at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 29-year mining veteran was out of his shuttle car working on ventilation curtains when he was struck by a coal scoop at around 8:45 p.m. He was taken to Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville, where he was pronounced dead.

"This man's death is especially tragic as this is the second miner that we have lost within a week," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "Please join me in expressing my deep condolences to his family, friends and community."

All mining operations were shut down after the accident and will continue to be suspended while an investigation continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Tuesday evening.

"Our sympathy goes out to Mr. Ramsey's family for his untimely loss," Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Rebecca Goodman said. "The cabinet works daily to keep miners safe through training and inspections and when accidents like this happen, we look carefully at what happened and how it could have been prevented. We will work with the Cardinal mine to do just that."

Cardinal mine is owned by Warrior Coal, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners.

Published 12:30 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020
Updated 12:35 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020

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