Oaktown man identified in Sunrise Coal mining accident

Brian Rodriguez

An Oaktown man was identified who died in an underground mining

accident at the Sunrise Coal Mine in Oaktown.

Knox County Coroner Karen Donovan confirmed the miner who died was

Brian Rodriguez, 35, of Oaktown.

According to a Facebook post by Sunrise Coal LLC, Rodriquez had been

in the mining industry for 9 ½ years.

Rodriguez was a graduate of North Knox High School and served two

combat duties in Iraq as a Marine. He is survived by his wife, Megan,

and seven children, a Sunrise Coal post said.

Two ambulances from Sullivan County responded to the mine around 11:15

p.m. Friday, Sheriff Clark Cottom said. The investigation revealed the

accident occurred underground in Knox County. Cottom notified Donovan, who

responded to the scene.

The Federal Mine Safety Health Administration, Indiana State

Investigator of Indiana Bureau of Mines and officials from Sunrise

Coal are currently investigating the accident.

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