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Man Killed in Indiana Coal Mine Was Husband, Father of Seven



January 11, 2022 - A Sunrise Coal employee who died in a workplace accident on Friday night was a Marine, a husband, and a father to seven children, according to the mining company.

It happened at Sunrise Coal's Oaktown Mine in Knox County, Indiana on Friday night.

Brian Rodriguez

Sunrise Coal says that 35-year-old Brian "B-Rod" Rodriguez was working on Unit 4 when he was killed in the accident on Friday around 10:30 p.m. 

After graduating from North Knox High School, Rodriguez served two combat duties in Iraq as a Marine.

He leaves behind his wife Megan and seven children.

He had been in the mining industry for the past nine-and-a-half years.

Sunrise Coal says that it will provide updates on arrangements and where contributions can be made for the family.