Coal miner in West Virginia dies after being trapped


Photo courtesy WOWK reporter Haley Kosik

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.V. (NewsNation Now) — A coal miner has died after becoming trapped Monday in a mine in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Taylor Halstead, 20, of Bob White, West Virginia was fatally injured late Monday morning at Panther Mining LLC’s American Eagle Mine in Dawes.

Officials said EMS workers were able to free Halstead after he had been pressed against a waterline. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued the following statement following Halstead’s death.

“Cathy and I are deeply saddened to learn that we lost one of our incredible West Virginia coal miners today. This is especially devastating news so close to the Thanksgiving holiday. We can never appreciate our miners enough for the brave and important work they do every day to power our homes, state, and nation. Cathy and I ask everyone across the state to join us in praying for Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

NewsNation affiliate WOWK contributed to this report.

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