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Mining death reported in Hopkins County

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A 39-year-old coal miner passed away Thursday from injuries sustained in an accident, Sept. 5, at a Hopkins County underground coal mine. Jeremy Elder, of Providence, Ky., a miner helper with 15 years of experience, suffered critical injuries at the Cardinal mine in Madisonville, Ky.

Elder, who began his shift at 6:30 a.m., died as a result of a vehicle accident. He was brought to the surface but did not survive his injuries.

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the site following the afternoon accident. All mining operations were shut down yesterday and production will remain closed today in the accident area.

“Across the Commonwealth, our hearts are broken following the tragic passing of Jeremy Elder on Thursday in Western Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “We ask that all who recognize the healing power of prayer, please join us in remembering his wife, children, friends, and community as they mourn the loss of this hard working man. May we never take for granted the vital work and personal sacrifice of our dedicated miners.”

The Division of Mine Safety last inspected the mine in June 2019.

“My deepest sympathies go out to the Elder family,” Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely said. “We are investigating this accident and are determined to do everything that we can to prevent any such future loss of life among miners.”