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KSP Investigating Fatal Mining Accident in Breathitt County

Saldee, Ky. (July 9, 2020) – A West Virginia man was killed in a mining accident in Breathitt County Thursday afternoon.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 Trooper Jeremy Moore was requested at a surface mine in the Saldee community in response a call advising of an incident in which an employee had been injured while operating mining equipment.

The initial investigation determined that 41 year old Dale Cassel JR, of Glen Morgan, WV was operating a piece of mining equipment when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled over an embankment, ejecting Cassel.  Breathitt County Coroner Hargis Epperson responded and pronounced Dale Cassel JR deceased at the scene.  Tpr. Jeremy Moore is leading this investigation.

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