Fatal Coal Mine Accident

By: K2 News Desk, info@k2tv.com

One worker was killed and another was injured early this morning at The Black Thunder Coal Mine in Campbell County. Sheriff Bill Pownall says a power shovel crashed into two pickup trucks at about 1:30 am. 24 year old Jacob Dowdy of Upton was pronounced dead at the scene, while 38 year old Mike Lewis of Wright was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital. He is listed in good condition. The preliminary investigation indicates that the power shovel was traveling up a ramp, when it somehow rolled back, hitting the two trucks. The federal mine safety and health administration is investigating the accident.