Steven O’Dell, West Virginia Coal Mine Electrician, Killed At Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Separate accidents at two West Virginia coal operations Friday left one worker dead, two others injured and a fourth worker missing, company and state mine safety officials said.

An electrician was killed when he became caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine around 1:30 a.m. at the Pocahontas Mine A White Buck Portal near Rupert in Greenbrier County, said Leslie Fitzwater of the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training.

The mine is owned by White Buck Coal Co., a subsidiary of Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources. Alpha identified the victim as Steven O’Dell, 27, of Mount Nebo, an employee of its Alex Energy subsidiary. It’s the sixth mining fatality in West Virginia this year.

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