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Miner suffers severe leg injury in Pike Co mine accident

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A miner at the Five Star Mine near Petersburg has been flown to a Louisville Hospital.

Officials tell 14 News he became pinned underground between a coal hauler and a large piece of equipment that continuously drills coal. Mine Safety and Health Administration officials say the miner's left leg was amputated above the knee. Officials say that according to the most recent reports, he is in critical condition.

In late March, we reported an accident at the same mine. In that incident, two miners were hurt. One had an ankle injury. The other, we're told, had injuries to his shoulder and chest. Names in both accidents are not being released.

Mine Safety and Health Administration officials have issued a closure order to the mine operator for a particular section of the mine to be shut down until it is said to be safe to re-enter.

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