Miner killed in incident in Randolph County mine


The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said a shuttle car operator at a Randolph County mine has died after an incident Tuesday.

Ronald R. Taylor, of Belington, was injured during an incident at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday at the Carter Roag Coal Company Morgan Camp Mine in Randolph County, according to a news release from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training.

The release said Taylor was airlifted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where he was pronounced dead due to head injuries sustained in the incident.

Gov. Jim Justice released the following statement on the miner’s death:

“West Virginia has lost one of our coal miners and we are deeply saddened and heartbroken upon learning the news. Please join us as we pray for all of the family, friends and loved ones of Ronald R. Taylor of Belington.”

The incident remains under investigation.

Tyler Barker

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