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Miner identified in fatal accident out of Boone County

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The West Virginia Department of Commerce issued a release on Thursday, March 14 identifying of the miner killed at the Peerless Rachel Mine in Boone County.

According to the release Asa Fitzpatrick, 63, of Kermit, W.Va. was killed on Wednesday, March 13.  He was killed from injuries he received when a piece of the mine fell from the ceiling while he was preparing to install a rib bolt.  Fitzpatrick was a roof bolt operator with 40-years of experience.

The Peerless Rachel Mine is located at Racine in Boone County.  It is operated by Newtown Energy, Inc.


According to the WV Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, a miner was killed Wednesday evening in roof fall. 

The incident happened at 5:45 p.m. according to Amy Louviere from the state Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training.

The injured miner was brought to the surface and died as a result of his injuries according to Louviere.

He was a roof bolter at Newtown Energy's Peerless Rachel Mine Racine, Boone County. We've learned the mine is operated by Patriot Coal.

A closure order was issued to the mine operator. MSHA District 4 personnel responded upon notification and an accident investigation is under way.

According to the MSHA website, this is the first fatality at a mine in West Virginia since the safety stand down, and the fifth West Virginia mine-related death in 2013.

The injured miner was brought to the surface and died as a result of his injuries.

We're working to get more information on this developing story.