Tuesday night emergency crews were dispatched to Cardinal Coal Mines on Wolf Hollow Road in Hopkins County just after 8:30.
Safety crews called 911 to report a miner had been injured.
“It’s very dangerous, close proximity, you got to really watch out for each other,“ says retired coal miner Bobby Skeen.
Local investigators say a coal scoop car struck and killed 29-year mining veteran Phillip Thomas Ramsey.
“Philip was a very well-liked young man“ adds Skeen.
According to the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, the 58-year-old Madisonville man was a mine shuttle operator, working on a ventilation system underground. Authorities say Ramsey was outside of the shuttle car when the accident occurred.
“A scoop (car) has got a front bucket on it, and a mine shuttle car is something that you haul coal with,” says the veteran miner.
The Hopkins County Coroner's Office says an autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon.
“Preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma“ says Coroner Dennis Mayfield.
Federal Investigators are waiting on Toxicology reports to rule out a medical emergency prior to the incident. Ramsey started his shift at 2:45p.m. Tuesday, the accident happened at 8:30 p.m. the coroner's office says Ramsey died at Baptist Health in Madisonville around 9:30 that night.
“There are a lot of broken hearts, he’s just a good guy, my heart goes out to the Ramsey family” says Skeen.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the Mine Health Safety Administration will investigate this mining death. This is the second mining death at the Cardinal Coal Mines in the last year. A 39-year-old man died after a similar accident in the mines just a year ago. Warrior Mines, the parent company to Cardinal Mines was fined for that workplace death.
It could be several months before the final reports on the accident are released.