West Virginia officials investigate coal miner death

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Posted: May 16, 2016 10:53 AM

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are investigating the death of a coal miner.

State Department of Commerce spokeswoman Leslie Smithson says preliminary information suggests the miner at the Leer Mine in Grafton may have suffered a medical condition. She says a full investigation is under way by the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

WBOY-TV (http://bit.ly/27rEmaH) reports an emergency call to the Harrison-Taylor 911 Center was made at 4:15 a.m. Monday.

The miner's name wasn't immediately released.

It marks the second reported death at a West Virginia coal mine this year. A miner died in an accident at a Wyoming County mine on Jan. 4.

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Information from: WBOY-TV, http://www.wboy.com