A 39-year-old coal miner passed away Thursday from injuries sustained in an accident that took place Sept. 5 at a Hopkins County underground coal mine.

The state said in a press release that Jeremy Elder, of Providence, Ky., suffered critical injuries at the Cardinal mine in Madisonville, Ky. Elder held the position of miner helper and had 15 years of experience,

"Elder, who began his shift at 6:30 a.m., died as a result of a vehicle accident, the state said. "He was brought to the surface but did not survive his injuries."

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the site following the afternoon accident, the press release states. All mining operations were shut down.

“Across the Commonwealth, our hearts are broken following the tragic passing of Jeremy Elder on Thursday in Western Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “We ask that all who recognize the healing power of prayer, please join us in remembering his wife, children, friends, and community as they mourn the loss of this hard working man. May we never take for granted the vital work and personal sacrifice of our dedicated miners.”

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