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Commentary: York man, 28, latest to die in mining accident

Apr 27, 2010 10:48:00 AM - thestate.com
Another coal miner has died in West Virginia. This death Friday came some three weeks after 29 people died in another mine.

This time, death didn't arrive by explosion. The operator of a coal mining machine became trapped between the machine and the coal of the earth itself in the Beckley mine of International Coal Group. The company called what happened an accident.

Doctors used more than 80 pints of blood to try to save him.

But this 28-year-old guy who died Friday wasn't represented among the hardhats - miner's lamps turned from dark to light - in a memorial service for 29 miners Sunday in West Virginia, attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Those 29 men died April 5 in America's worst coal mine tragedy in decades.

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