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Donaldson Man Dies in Coal Mining Accident

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coal mine death schuylkill county

A Donaldson man has died from injuries he sustained in a coal mining accident on Tuesday afternoon.

According to State Police in Lykens, the accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. at Williamstown Mine #1. The mine is located at Mountainside Road and Colliery Road in Porter Township.

Police say that 37-year-old Daniel F. Shoener, of Donaldson, was about 1,000 feet below the surface in the mine at the time of the accident. A rock fell from above and hit him.

Shoener was pinned under the rock. Emergency officials on the scene were able to get Shoener out from under the rock. However, he’d suffered blunt force trauma and died from his injuries.

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Responding to the scene were members of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the state Dept. of Environmental Protection, the state Bureau of Mine Safety, and Life Team EMS.

The State Police Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.

According to information from MSHA, in 20198, a total of 24 miners died on the job. That was the lowest annual number ever recorded by the agency. Of those, 11 were coal miners.

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