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Last updated 9:03AM ET
March 5, 2021
Coal Miner Killed at Oak Grove
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Authorities said a coal miner was killed in an underground equipment accident at a facility in Oak Grove.

Officials have identified a coal miner who died in a fatal accident as 64-year-old Lee Edward Graham of Bessemer. Graham, a 30-year employee at the underground facility, was fatally injured on Thursday.

Jim Kosowski, the district manager of public affairs for Cliffs North American Coal, said in a statement that Graham was fatally injured while he inspected the derailment of a rail car used to haul equipment. He said operations at the mine, located about 20 miles west of Birmingham, will be suspended until at least Tuesday.

Several agencies, including the Mine Safety and Health Administration, are conducting investigations.

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