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West Virginia officials investigating underground mine death

September 2nd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia officials on Friday were investigating the death of a coal miner at a Kanawha County mine. Blackhawk mining issued a statement Thursday reporting a fatality at the Coalburg Tunnel underground mine. The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health and Safety identified the miner as 34-year-old Kristofer L. Ball, from Hart, West Virginia. The agency is investigating. It had released no information about what occurred as of Friday afternoon.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, issued a statement Friday saying he was “deeply saddened" by Ball's death.