Underground miner dies from injuries

OAKTOWN — A miner died in an underground mining accident late Friday,

according to a news release from Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom.

Sullivan County Dispatch was alerted around 11:15 p.m., and two

ambulances from Sullivan County responded to the Sunrise Coal Mine in


Further investigation revealed the accident occurred underground in

Knox County.

Cottom notified Knox County Coroner Karen Donovan, who responded to

the scene. The Mine Safety and Health Administration was also


In a news release posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Coal Management

Team on Saturday afternoon, it stated an employee with Sunrise Coal

was fatally injured in an accident at approximately 10:30 p.m. on

Friday at the Oaktown Mine.

The release stated, "At this time Federal Mine Safety Health

Administration, Indiana State Investigator of Indiana Bureau of Mines,

and officials from Sunrise Coal are thoroughly

investigating the accident. Currently, we have no further statements,

but request continued prayers and thoughts for the family members and

the employees of Sunrise Coal. Sunrise and its employees are deeply

saddened by the loss of our co-worker and friend."

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