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Miner critically injured at CONSOL mine

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. -- A Marion County coal miner remains in critical condition and on life support after suffering "severe head trauma" in a Tuesday night accident at a CONSOL Energy mine, officials said.

Glen L. Clutter Jr., 51, of Baxter, was attempting to put a loaded supply car back on the track when a slate bar he was using kicked out and hit him in the head, said Hoy Murphy, spokesman for the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. at CONSOL's Loveridge Mine, an underground operation near Fairview, Murphy said. Murphy said Clutter was unconscious when he was transported by HealthNet helicopter to an area hospital. Lynn Seay, a spokeswoman for CONSOL, said the miner "sustained severe head trauma."

Separately, another miner was hospitalized following an electrical accident at Dana Mining's Prime No. 1 Mine at Maidsville. Murphy said the miner was conscious and alert when he was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown by ambulance following the incident, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m.


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