A coal miner has been killed in an equipment accident in Letcher County. The accident was at the Hubble Mining Company’s Number 9 mine at Eolia in Letcher County, and 47-year-old Jerry Britton of Pound, Virginia was killed when he was hit by a personnel carrier.
Since Hubble Mining Company took over the mine in August of 2010, the facility has been cited nearly 60 times by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. One-third of those violations were categorized as “significant and substantial” by the agency, which means there’s a reasonable likelihood the violation will result in injury or death.
The state and federal mine safety offices will investigate the accident. Britton’s death marks Kentucky’s seventh mining fatality this year.