An Employee of Independence Coal Company Died Today as a Result of a Fall

May 17, 2012, 18:45 ET from Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

BRISTOL, Va., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An experienced worker at the Liberty coal preparation plant in Boone County, W.Va. suffered fatal injuries today in a fall at the plant. 

Clyde Dolin, 57, a mechanic at the plant, passed away this afternoon after being transported from the Liberty plant near Uneeda, W. Va. to Boone Memorial Hospital.  He had a total of 39 years of experience in the coal industry.  Mr. Dolin is survived by his wife Pam, his daughter Brittany and his son Clyde. 

Eric Salyer, president of Independence Coal, said, "All of us are saddened by the loss of our friend and co-worker, Clyde Dolin.  He was a bit of an institution here as he had long service at the plant under its various owners.  We will miss him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of sorrow."

Independence Coal Company, Inc. has operated the plant since 1994 without a fatal accident. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) acquired Independence Coal with its acquisition of Massey Energy in June 2011.

SOURCE Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.