McDOWELL COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA (February 27, 2017) – A coal miner who was killed in an accident on Monday at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant has been identified, according to a local news source. (map)
Around 10:30 pm on Monday evening, a 43 year old man identified as Jason Kenneth Matthews of Bluefield, was making repairs at Southern Coal’s Bishop Prep Plant when he suffered a fall onto a conveyor belt line, then fell 20 feet into a coal chute.
Jason Matthews was sadly pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the fall. The accident remains under investigation at this time to determine cause and liability. Southern Coal is owned by West Virginia governor Jim Justice, who handed the management of his coal operations over to his son Jay after his election as governor.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 864-6664. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.