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updated: 5/15/2014 8:43 AM

Coal miner dies in southern Illinois

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Associated Press

THOMPSONVILLE -- Authorities say a miner in southern Illinois died after being crushed while working in Franklin County.

Officials say the man died Wednesday afternoon after he became caught between a machine and a coal rib while working at the Sugar Camp Energy complex in rural Thompsonville.

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Authorities haven't released the man's name and say an autopsy is planned for Thursday.

It's the second fatal accident in seven months at the complex. A 36-year-old miner was crushed to death last November when a piece of coal rolled on top of him.

Wednesday's accident is being investigated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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