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Federal investigation begins into W.Va. miner's death

Monday - 3/12/2012, 10:13am  ET

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources says the coal miner killed over the weekend in southern West Virginia was 34 years old and had 10 years of experience.

The accident occurred Saturday at the Kingston No. 2 Mine near Scarbro. Material from the wall of the mine struck and killed Jeremy Sigler of Pool.

Alpha says other crew members gave him CPR, but Sigler was later pronounced dead at a Beckley hospital.

Kingston No. 2 is run by Alpha subsidiary Kingston Mining Inc. Sigler had worked for Kingston since 2004.

Alpha says federal regulators have shut the mine down while they investigate, and Kingston is cooperating fully.

President Charlie Bearse says it's a sad time for the company, and Alpha is taking care of Sigler's family and providing counseling to his co-workers.


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