Patriot Coal operation in Kentucky suffers fatality

Eli Eldridge, a 34-year-old employee of Highland Mining Co. LLC, was fatally injured Dec. 16 when he was struck by a coal hauler while working underground at the Highland mine, located near Henderson, Kentucky.

Highland parent Patriot Coal (OTC Pink: PATCA) said in a brief Dec. 16 statement that it is fully cooperating with state and federal mine regulatory agencies as they investigate this incident.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows that this is the 15th U.S. coal mine fatality so far in 2014, against a total of 20 for all of 2013. The Highland deep mine produced 2 million tons in the first three quarters of this year and 2.9 million tons in all of 2013, MSHA data shows.

Patriot Coal is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with 10 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.

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