MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Barbour County man passed away Tuesday night at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an accident at a Randolph County mine.

Ronald B. Taylor, 43, of Belington, has been identified as the man injured in an early Tuesday morning accident at the Carter Roag Company, Morgan Camp Mine in Randolph County.

Taylor reportedly suffered an injury to the head around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning. Preliminary information indicates the injuries occurred when the mantrip on which he was riding struck a steel object in the roadway.

The mantrip is a shuttle for transporting miners into underground mines. Taylor was a shuttle car operator at the mine.

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a brief statement Wednesday.

“West Virginia has lost one of our coal miners and we are deeply saddened and heartbroken upon learning the news. Please join us as we pray for all of the family, friends and loved ones of Ronald R. Taylor of Belington.”

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training confirmed Taylor’s death Wednesday afternoon.

Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training are investigating.

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