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Ky. coal miner dies from injuries after partial mine wall collapse

A Kentucky coal miner died May 30 from injuries sustained in an accident earlier in the month.

Felix North of Miracle, Ky., suffered critical injuries in a May 22 accident at Rex Coal Co. Inc.'s CVB No. 1 mine, according to a May 31 news release from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. North was operating a continuous miner when a mine wall collapsed and injured his lower body. He was transported to Johnson City Medical Center but later died from his injuries.

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the site following the accident. The Harlan County underground mine's operations were shut down until May 28 when the state approved an action plan submitted by the mine.

The mine produced 85,109 tons of coal in the first quarter with an average employee account of 80 both underground and at surface, according to data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

MSHA confirmed the miner died and the federal agency was investigating but would not provide further details while the investigation remains open.