Officials identify coal miner seriously injured Wednesday morning

Tennessee
Mining Accident Dickenson County

Officials say a coal miner who was injured in a mining accident Wednesday morning is in “stable condition.”

The miner, who has been identified as Ray Robinette, is at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, according to a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. 

The department says the miner suffered a severe arm injury around 5 a.m. at Contura Energy’s Deep Mine 41 near the McClure community. He was running a roof bolting machine at the time. 

Robinette’s arm was amputated, according to DMME.

Contura Energy released this statement on the incident:

“We can confirm one of our miners suffered a serious injuiry early this monring at Deep Mine 41. We are working in coordination with state and federal regulators to investigate the incident.”

This is a developing story. Look for updates on WJHL.com. 

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