Coal Miner Killed in Whitley County

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A coal miner is killed in southeastern Kentucky.

It happened early Thursday at a Whitley County mine owned by Green Hill Mining company.

33-year-old Joseph Partin was killed when a 15-foot section of highwall fell on him.    The accident happened above ground.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says the mine was last inspected on December 15, 2016, and a safety initiative was held at the mine on January 9, 2017.   Neither visit turned up unsafe conditions.

It's the second mining death in Kentucky this year.

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