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Coal miner dies at prep plant owned by WVa Governor

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A coal miner has died after an accident at Southern Coal's Bishop Prep Plant in McDowell County.

The miner fell to his death just before 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to our sister affiliate WSAZ.

Southern Coal is owned by Gov. Jim Justice. He turned the day-to-day management of his coal operations over to his son Jay shortly after his election last November.

The Vice-President of Safety and Health for Southern Coal, Patrick Graham, released the following statement on the accident:

"The exact cause of the accident is still not known. Both Southern Coal and the mining agencies have people on site to determine the cause of this terrible accident. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of this dedicated miner and team member. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers. The name of the deceased miner is being withheld until the family is notified."

Justice administration Communications Director Butch Antolini also released a statement Tuesday morning:

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