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PINEVILLE, W.Va. — A coal miner in southern West Virginia is dead after an accident overnight.
The UMWA identified the victim as Luches Rosser, 44, a member of UMWA Local Union 1713. The accident happened at the Pinnacle Mine in Wyoming County.
Accident investigation teams including UMWA safety representatives are on the scene today investigating what happened. Sources indicate his death was related to powered haulage, but exactly what happened has not been revealed by investigators.
UMWA President Cecil Roberts issued the following statement this morning:
“The hearts and prayers of the entire UMWA family are with the family of our brother Luches Rosser, 44, a member of UMWA Local Union 1713, who was killed last night at the Pinnacle mine in Wyoming County, W. Va.
“Our Local Union and International safety representatives are at the mine now, participating in the investigation of this incident. We stand ready to assist Brother Rosser’s family in any way we can.”
The Pinnacle Mine was acquired by Seneca Coal Resources and affiliate of ERP Compliant Fuels in December 2015.