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Western Kentucky Coal Miner Killed at Sebree Mine

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A western Kentucky coal miner was killed early Wednesday morning at the Sebree Mine in Webster County.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 29-year-old Rickey Thorpe of Dawson Springs was repairing a continuous miner head when it fell, crushing him. The Alliance Coal mine has been closed while Kentucky Division of Mine Safety investigates.

This is the second mine-related fatality in the Commonwealth this year. The other occurred in May at a Pike County surface mine.