Miner dies from injuries suffered in February

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Lincoln County miner died Thursday from injuries suffered in a February coal mining accident, the state investigatory agency announced.

Dennis Fillinger, 62, of Harts, was seriously injured during a rock fall accident Feb. 23 at the CK Mine No. 5 near Williamson in Mingo County.

Fillinger was a section foreman for CK Coal Corporation.

An investigation into the partial roof collapse at the mine continued Friday when the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training announced Fillinger’s death.

Gov. Jim Justice and his wife Cathy released the following statement:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this courageous miner. Every day our dedicated miners go to work to continue to power our state and nation and news of this tragic death reminds us all of the sacrifices that they make. We are deeply saddened and extend our deepest sympathies and condolences.”

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