No. 7 Mine West accident investigation underway


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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — An investigation is underway into an incident that took the life of Christopher G. Brown on Thursday evening.

The death happened around 6:15 p.m. at Jim Walter Resources Mine No. 7 where Brown was a supervisor.

Authorities are on the scene investigating, but at this time it appears to be an accident.

Sgt. Dale Phillips of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office spoke with CBS42 about the investigation.

“It appears that is was an accident from him falling and being injured by a machine. There is no sign of any foul play.” –Sgt. Dale Phillips, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Division of Homicide


Christopher Brown leaves behind a wife and three children ages 1, 7, and 12.

CBS42’s Kaitlin McCulley will have a full report on the investigation tonight on CBS42 News at 5 and 6.

You can also find Walter Energy’s full release on the investigation released on June 7th below:

A fatality occurred at Walter Energy’s No. 7 Mine West in Tuscaloosa County around 6:15 PM on June 6, 2013. The employee was identified as Christopher G. Brown, 36, of Pleasant Grove (Jefferson County).  Mr. Brown was a supervisor at the mine and had worked there for five years. While an investigation is underway, preliminary reports indicate Mr. Brown was working underground on or near a conveyor belt when the incident happened.

Federal and state mining agencies are investigating the incident as well as the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department, safety officials with Walter Energy and the United Mine Workers of America.

Walter Energy would like to convey its deep condolences to Mr. Brown’s family. Employees at both No. 7 Mine West and No. 7 Mine East were sent home after the incident and the owl shift and day shift will not report to work to honor a 24 hour mourning period.



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