Coal miner crushed to death at mine

April 23, 2010 11:13:02 AM PDT
West Virginia officials say a miner has died after being crushed between a piece of heavy equipment and a block of coal. State mine office spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says the 28-year-old man died late Friday morning in surgery after the accident late Thursday night.

Jarrett says state investigators are at International Coal Group's Beckley mining complex in Raleigh County. An ICG spokesman did not immediately reply to a call seeking comment.

The accident comes less than a month after 29 West Virginia miners died in an explosion at a Massey Energy Co. mine. It was the nation's worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.