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Statement Regarding Accident at Willow Lake Mine

               Statement Regarding Accident at Willow Lake Mine

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Chad Wayne Meyers, a 30-year-old
employee at the Willow Lake Mine in Southeast Illinois, was fatally injured
early this morning after he became pinned by a continuous mining machine that
he was operating. The underground mine has been idled pending investigation
and appropriate officials with the state, federal government and union have
been contacted.

Willow Lake deeply mourns the loss of a fellow employee and expresses its
sympathies to family members, coworkers, and friends.

-The use of the words "Peabody," "the company" and "our" relate to Peabody,
our subsidiaries and our majority-owned affiliates.

CONTACT:

Meg Gallagher
(314) 488-3558



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