Coal Miner Killed by Falling Rock in Western Pennsylvania

June 26, 2009

A coal miner is dead after being hit by falling rock inside a mine in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Consol Energy officials say 54-year-old Robert Maust of Uniontown died early Wednesday morning after being struck by falling rocks.

Consol spokesman Joseph Cerenzia (sir-EN’-zee-uh) says the accident happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Bailey Mine in Wind Ridge, about 50 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Cerenzia says Maust was struck in the torso. Fellow miners attended to him immediately and performed CPR while taking him out of the mine. Maust was airlifted from the scene and pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m. No other miners were injured.

State and federal mining officials are investigating the incident.

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