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Guard found dead at Kanawha County coal mine

By David Gutman, Staff writer

A security guard died early Friday morning at a coal mine in eastern Kanawha County, officials with the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was found, “face down in the sump pond along the berm,” according to Terrance Lively, spokesman for Homeland Security. A sump pond generally collects wastewater.

The death was at the Crown Hill Dock mine, in Hansford. Crown Hill Dock is owned by Law River coal company.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department said that an autopsy is pending, but “It seemed to be related to a medical issue.”

He said they do not currently suspect foul play.

The man was found by a co-worker, who then called 911. An ambulance was sent, but medical crews pronounced the man dead on the scene, Lively said.

Homeland Security received the report from Metro 911 just after 5:30 Friday morning, according to Laverne Stout, an operations officer with the Department.

The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training is investigating, Lively said. A spokeswoman for the Office of Miners’ Health did not return requests for comment.


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