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Kentucky declares state of emergency after coal plant collapse; 1 worker confirmed dead

One worker has died, and a second remained trapped Wednesday after a Kentucky coal plant collapsed with them inside. 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed on X, formerly Twitter, that at least one of the workers trapped inside the collapsed coal preparation plant in Martin County has died.

“Please pray for the family and loved ones of this individual,” he wrote without elaborating. 

WSAZ/WKYT also confirmed the one death, citing the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. 

“You kind of feel helpless that you can’t do more, that you can’t for it faster, but this is not a fast process. It’s a very slow process in order to try to keep everybody safe. This is a rescue mission,” the sheriff said. “If you pray, pray for these people. Pray for the victims, the families. Pray for the first responders.” 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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