MOUNT HOPE, W. Va. (WVNS) — One person has died following a bulldozer accident at a mine in Mount Hope. Officials said the accident happened at 12:57 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Revelation Energy’s, Revelation S7 mine on Town Creek Road.
According to first responders, Thurman A. Watts, 34, of Harts, was operating a dozer when he went over the high wall at the strip mine and rolled more than 150 feet. Watts was flown to a Charleston hospital but later passed away.
Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) released the following statement:
“Cathy and I are deeply saddened today after learning of the death of one of our coal miners in Fayette County. It’s heartbreaking when we hear that one of our coal miners has lost their life while on the job. Please join us in praying for the family, friends, and co-workers of Thurman A. Watts and all of our hard working and dedicated coal miners in West Virginia.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) released this statement:
“All of West Virginia is heartbroken to learn of the loss of Thurman A. Watts today. Yet again, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifices our coal miners and their families make every day. Gayle and I join the entire state in sending our thoughts and prayers to the Watts family during this difficult time.”
Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (MSH&T) are investigating the accident. Fire crews with Pax and Mount Hope Fire Departments responded to the scene.