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Feds issue citations in miner’s death here

Federal mine officials have cited an eastern Kentucky mine operator that runs a mine where a man died in a fall in January.

Authorities say Roy D. Sturgill, 29, of Big Cowan died Jan. 8 after his truck backed over a dumping point and continued to go down the slope.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the mine should have had an adequate berm in place that would help drivers know when they back up near an edge. The federal agency issued two negligence citations for the incident at Blue Ridge Surface mine in Letcher County. The mine is run by Cumberland River Coal.

State officials have issued multiple citations in the incident.

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