Unpaid Miners Block CSX Coal Train in Kentucky

Fed up with having been laid off and unpaid for the time they did work, workers of a Kentucky coal company blocked a CSX coal train from leaving a mine on Monday.

The miners for BlackJewel Mining formed a human chain across the rails to block the train from leaving Cloverlick No. 3 mine near Cumberland, Kentucky.

BlackJewel is a subsidiary of Revelation Emergy, which sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under federal law in early July.

Revelation subsequently shuttered most of its mines. The miners said they have gone unpaid for work they performed and their benefits and insurance are in question.

The mine where the blockade occurred is on the former Louisville & Nashville Poor Fork Branch.

News media reports said the miners were peaceful and demanded that they be paid for mining coal that likely was aboard the train that they halted.

Kentucky State Police troopers were dispatched to the scene to inform the miners that they were standing on private property, but no arrests were made.

The miners eventually relented and allowed the train to pass.

On Tuesday, though, miners again stood on CSX tracks near Cumberland., but it was not clear if any trains were slated to serve the Cloverlick No. 3 mine.

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