Patriot Coal Provides Statement Regarding Incident At Blue Creek Preparation Plant

 Patriot Coal Provides Statement Regarding Incident At Blue Creek Preparation
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PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 7, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Brandon Townsend, a 34-year old
employee, was fatally injured yesterday afternoon at Midland Trail Energy's
Blue Creek Preparation Plant, located near Charleston, West Virginia after
being struck by a hydraulic cylinder on a refuse press. A second employee
received non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at a local
hospital.

"We deeply mourn the loss of Brandon and express our sincere sympathies to his
family, friends and co-workers," said Michael D. Day, Patriot Executive Vice
President – Operations. "The Company is fully cooperating with state and
federal mine regulatory officials during the investigation of the incident."

About Patriot Coal
Patriot Coal Corporation is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern
United States, with 11 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois
Basin. Patriot ships to domestic and international electricity generators,
industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls approximately
1.9 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves.

SOURCE Patriot Coal Corporation

Website: http://www.patriotcoal.com
Contact: Michael Freitag/Aaron Palash, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher,
+1-212-355-4449 or Investor Contact, Janine Orf, +1-314-275-3680,
jorf@patriotcoal.com
 
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