Madisonville Man Killed in Hopkins County Coal Mine Accident

A 58-year-old Madisonville man was killed in a coal mine accident on Tuesday night in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 10:14 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2020 1:01 PM

One person was killed in a coal mining accident in Hopkins County on Tuesday night.

It happened at Warrior Coal off of Wolf Hollow Road in Manitou, Kentucky.

Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield identified the victim as 58-year-old Phillip Thomas Ramsey of Madisonville, Kentucky. According to the coroner's office, Ramsey's preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma after being struck by a piece of equipment.

The 29-year mining veteran was out of his shuttle car working on ventilation curtains when he was struck by a coal scoop at approximately 8:30 p.m. He was taken to Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville but was pronounced dead.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear commented on the incident, saying, "This man’s death is especially tragic as this is the second miner that we have lost within a week. Please join me in expressing my deep condolences to his family, friends, and community.”

Ramsey's Autopsy is scheduled to be held in Madisonville sometime around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Both the Manitou Fire Department and Nebo Fire & Rescue initially responded to the scene on a medical emergency. 

All mining operations were shut down after the accident and will continue to be suspended while an investigation continues. The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the mine Tuesday evening

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