BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Jasper man lost his life Monday in an industrial accident.
According to the Seneca Coal company, Marius Y. Shepherd, 32, was fatally injured in a rail haulage accident at their Oak Grove Mine around 6:30 p.m. on June 19. Information from the Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates the accident happened underground.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Alabama Department of Labor are investigating, and a security guard at the mine said operations are on hold.
A release from the Seneca Coal Company’s spokesman says the company is fully cooperating with investigators, and ask the Alabama mining community to keep the victim’s family in their prayers.
Shepherd is the 9th coal mine fatality in the U.S. in 2017.