Ky. miner killed in ceiling collapse at Claiborne County mine

Kentucky miner killed in ceiling collapse at Claiborne County mine

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The mine is operated by Kopper Glo Fuel, Inc. The mine is operated by Kopper Glo Fuel, Inc.

CLAIRFIELD (WATE) - A Kentucky miner was killed early Wednesday when the ceiling of a Claiborne County coal mine fell in on him.

The miner was identified as Jeremy Perkins, 32. He lived in Wallins Creek, Kentucky and was originally from Evarts, Kentucky.

The incident happened at 5:45 a.m. Some other miners pulled out Perkins' body.

Claiborne County emergency responders and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.

Officials said Wednesday they believe what happened was an accident, rather than being caused by negligence.

His body was taken to Claiborne County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. From there, his body was sent to UT Medical Center for an autopsy.

A mine rescue crew was called to the mine, according to Jeff Hentschel, with the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Agency.

The mine is operated by Kopper Glo Fuel, Inc. According to the company's website, two contour surface mines and one deep mine are operated in the Clairfield area.

Before Wednesday's incident, there are no fatalities on record for Kopper Glo.

Since 2009, when according to U.S. Department of Labor information Kopper Glo began overseeing the mines, there have been eight reported injuries. Three of those were in 2012. They include such injuries as pulled muscles and cuts and bruises.

6 News spoke with the Perkins family on Wednesday. They say they're not yet ready to talk about his death.

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