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February 15, 2013

Worker killed in southern Illinois coal mine

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CUTLER (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker in an underground southern Illinois coal mine.

Perry County Coroner Paul Searby says 28-year-old Timothy Chamness of Royalton died Wednesday night in the Prairie Eagle mine in Cutler.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says Chamness was using a remote control to operate a toothy machine that carves coal out of the seam. She says Chamness became pinned between that equipment and the coal rib. An autopsy was planned.

The mine's operator, Knight Hawk Coal, extended its deepest sympathies to Chamness' family in a statement. The company declined additional comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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