One dead in Hopkins County mining accident

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – One person has died in a coal mining accident in western Kentucky. The Hopkins County Coroner has identified the victim as Phillip Thomas Ramsey, 58.

The Hopkins County Sheriff confirms deputies responded to Cardinal Mine, which is owned by Warrior Coal mine on Wolf Hollow Road. The mining operation is northwest of Madisonville.

Officials say around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ramsey, was working on ventilation curtains when he was struck by a coal scoop. Ramsey is s shuttle car operator and has been a coal miner for 29 year. He was taken to Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville but was pronounced dead.

All mining operations were shut down after the accident and will continue to be suspended while an investigation continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Tuesday evening.

The Hopkins County Coroner’s Office confirms an autopsy is being done this afternoon.

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(This story was originally published on October 14, 2020)

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