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Worker killed in southern Illinois coal mine

CUTLER, Ill. (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker in an underground southern Illinois coal mine.

Perry County Coroner Paul Searby says 28-year-old Timothy Chamness of Royalton died Wednesday night in the Prairie Eagle mine in Cutler.

Specifics about the nature of the accident were not immediately released.

An autopsy was planned.

The mine's operator, Knight Hawk Coal, extended its deepest sympathies to Chamness' family in a statement. The company declined additional comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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