Coal miner dies at mine in Wyoming County

The United Mine Workers of America says Luches Rosser, 44, a member of UMWA Local Union 1713, was killed Thursday night at the Pinnacle mine. (MGN Online)

A coal miner has been killed in Wyoming County.

Luches Rosser, 44, of Man, a member of UMWA Local Union 1713, was killed Thursday night at the Pinnacle mine, the United Mine Workers of America reported on its website.

“The hearts and prayers of the entire UMWA family are with the family of our brother Luches Rosser,” UMW International President Cecil Roberts said in a statement.

“Our local union and International safety representatives are at the mine now, participating in the investigation of this incident. We stand ready to assist Brother Rosser’s family in any way we can.”

A spokesman as the state Department of Commerce said Rosser, who was a shuttle car operator at the mine, was operating a piece of heavy equipment when the accident occurred about 11:20 p.m.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's office released a statement from the governor about the miner's death.

"Cathy and I are praying for the family and friends of the coal miner who lost his life last night in Wyoming County," Justice said. "It’s never easy to see someone so young leave us and it breaks my heart when West Virginia loses a member of the coal community. I spent many years of my childhood in Wyoming County and my roots are deep there. Great coal mining families always come together, and that’s what we have to do at this time."

Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training have started their investigation. The mine is idle at this time.

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