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Man dead in Kanawha County mining accident

Taylor Halstead, 20, was fatally injured late Monday morning at Panther Mining LLC’s American...
Taylor Halstead, 20, was fatally injured late Monday morning at Panther Mining LLC’s American Eagle Mine in Dawes, West Virginia.(Van Volunteer Fire Department)
Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 3:58 PM EST
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DAWES, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man has died Monday in a mining accident in Kanawha County.

A release from Gov. Jim Justice’s Office says that Taylor Meldin Halstead, 20, of Bob White, was fatally injured late Monday morning at Panther Mining LLC’s American Eagle Mine in Dawes.

Dispatchers say the accident was reported by a coworker after Medlin was hit against a waterline in the coal mine underground.

Justice said, “Cathy and I are deeply saddened to learn that we lost one of our incredible West Virginia coal miners today. This is especially devastating news so close to the Thanksgiving holiday. We can never appreciate our miners enough for the brave and important work they do every day to power our homes, state, and nation. Cathy and I ask everyone across the state to join us in praying for Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Monday night, the Van Volunteer Fire Department posted on social media that Halstead was a recent father with a daughter just months old. He also was a former member of the fire department, according to the post.

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