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Coal miner killed at Pocahontas highwall operation in West Virginia

A West Virginia coal miner died Feb. 21 while performing electrical work on a highwall miner at the Pocahontas Coal Co.'s Devils Fork 2 mine in Raleigh County, according to the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

James Whitlock was a 38-year-old highwall miner operator for Bundy Auger Mining Inc., the agency said.

Whitlock's death was the second U.S. coal mining fatality reported this year.