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Worker injured in fall at Mitchell plant

MOUNDSVILLE — One person was injured and transported to a hospital via helicopter after a significant fall Monday at the Mitchell power plant in Marshall County.

AEP spokeswoman Joelle Moray said a contracted employee fell about 40 feet at the plant Monday. When reached, the worker was conscious and communicating. Protocol at the plant is for an injured worker to be flown out for immediate medical attention.

Because of that, Moray said, W.Va. 2 had to be closed in order to get the worker to the hospital.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Hart said the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office closed W.Va. 2 for about 45 minutes for EMS workers to get the injured worker to the medical flight’s landing site. The Moundsville and Washington Lands volunteer fire departments helped in that endeavor.

The worker was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, Hart said. An update on the person’s condition was not available Monday afternoon.

A second worker who was with the one who fell was taken by ambulance to WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, but Hart didn’t think that person sustained significant injuries.

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