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Somerset County Fatal Mine Accident Update

The man killed in a Hollsopple mining accident Wednesday has been identified.

Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees identified the victim as 44-year-old Paul Springer.

The incident happened at a location on the 1200 block of Penn Ave., authorities say.

Springer was working three miles back in the mine when a piece of rock broke off of the wall and pinned him against a machine, Lees said.

Springer was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where he died in the emergency room.

The coroner’s office and federal mine inspectors are investigating.

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