An accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 am Friday morning at Arch Coal's Black Thunder mine in Campbell County has left one man dead, and another in the hospital. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that 24-year-old Jacob Dowdy of Upton was pronounced dead at the scene. 38-year-old Mike Lewis of Wright was injured in the accident and was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital. The injuries to Lewis are not believed to be life threatening.
According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, who's now in charge of investigating the incident, a power shovel was traveling up a ramp and rolled back, striking two pickup trucks which the two employees were driving. A representative with MSHA said that the mine section is under a closure order at this time while the investigation gets underway.