UPDATE: 12/24/2019 (1:12 PM)- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the death of coal miner, Raymond L. Starkey, last night in the Murray Energy Marshall County mine.

” Gayle and I send our deepest sympathies to Raymond L. Starkey’s family and loved ones and we, along with all West Virginians, will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time. Our coal miners risk their lives every day to power our nation and we are forever grateful for their sacrifices and contributions to our great country. It is difficult to hear of someone so young leaving us too soon, especially during this special time of year. This is truly a tragic loss for all of West Virginia ”

UPDATE 12/24/2019 (11:25 AM)- Murray Energy released the following statement

” The Marshall County Coal Company confirms that one of our employees, a twenty-one (21) year old General Inside Laborer, was fatally injured in an accident at work on December 23, 2019.  We are saddened by the loss, and out of respect for his family, we are not releasing his name or any other information, and we will have no further comment at this time”

Marshall County W.VA (WTRF)- A West Virginia coal miner was killed yesterday at the Murray Energy Marshall County mine near Moundsville, West Virginia.

According to the Marshall County medical examiner Raymond L. Starkey, 21, was killed after an accident happened between the beltline and the mine wall.

The accident occurred around 4:30 PM.

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement

Our safety experts are on the scene, working with the UMWA Local Union 1638 Safety Committee, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, and the company to determine exactly what happened. We will not rest until we know the circumstances of Brother Starkey’s death, so that we can prevent something like this from ever happening again. I ask every mining family, indeed every American family, to lift up the Starkey family in your prayers this holiday season

Cecil E. Roberts