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Western Kentucky Miner Killed In State's First Mine Fatality Of 2016

Only three weeks into the new year, Kentucky has recorded its first mining death of 2016.

Kentucky regulators say 36-year-old Nathan G. Phillips of Hopkins County died Tuesday afternoon in Western Kentucky.

Phillips was operating a continuous miner at the Dotiki Mine in Webster County, when he was pinned between the machinery and the mine wall. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The Dotiki Mine is owned by Alliance Resource Partners. The only other fatalities in the mine were in 2010, when a roof fall killed two coal miners. State mine inspectors and investigators say they are working to determine the cause of yesterday’s accident.