A coal miner died Thursday afternoon after being found unconscious inside the Cardinal Mine between Manitou and Nebo, according to company a news release.

Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield has confirmed the miner who died as Jeremy Elder, 39, of Providence. Mayfield said an investigation into the accident is being conducted by the Kentucky Mine Safety and Health Administration.

A statement from Warrior Coal General Manager Bill Adelman said Elder was discovered near a battery-powered scoop around 2:45 p.m. Adelman said co-workers took the man to the surface, but first responders could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m.

Adelman said Elder was an employee of Warrior Coal. He said the company is investigating as are state and federal agencies.

Warrior Coal operates the Cardinal Mine on J.E. Ellis Road near Hanson.

Records posted online by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration indicate this is the fourth coal mining death in Kentucky this year.

The last death occurred in Muhlenberg County July 31. That death at the Paradise Mine is blamed on an igniting or explosion of gas or dust.

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