State mine safety officials have released the name of the coal miner killed Wednesday afternoon in Kanawha County.

A spokesperson say Brandon Townsend, 34, of Delbarton, died at the Blue Creek prep plant near Malden in Kanawha County.

Townsend was killed after a hydraulic cylinder exploded. Another worker suffered minor injuries.

The prep plant is owned by Midland Trail Energy, a subsidiary of Patriot Coal.

State and federal mine investigators are conducting investigations.

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