1 dead in West Virginia mine accident

December 29, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a man has died in a mine accident in West Virginia.

Media cited a statement from the state Office of Miners’ Heath, Safety and Training in reporting that 34-year-old Thurman Watts of Harts died Friday morning at a mine operated by Revelation Energy LLC in Fayette County. The statement said Watts died when the bulldozer he was operating went over a high wall.

Officials are investigating.

Gov. Jim Justice and Sen. Joe Manchin put out statements saying the death was heartbreaking and asking for prayers for Watts’ family.

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