- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Bell County miner injured when his bulldozer hit a gas line and erupted in fire is recovering.

Mark Elkins, a pastor, told WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1zj0PEY ) that Will Muncy thought he was going to die when the fire broke out and the cab began to fill with smoke. Elkins said Muncy put his jacket over his face and jumped through the fire off the bulldozer. He broke his ankle and suffered burns to his hands and lungs.

“The fact that he lived through that was a miracle,” Elkins said. “I believe God healed him and restored his lungs.”

Elkins said that Muncy and his family believe that the prayers of friends, family and even strangers helped him survive the Thursday fire at the Nally and Hamilton strip mine in Bell County.

Muncy was taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Elkins said Muncy could be released soon.

“One of the things they said this morning was make sure everyone knows prayers work and they say thank you for the prayers,” Elkins told the station on Friday.

Muncy’s friend Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock called the miner “a super human being.

“Anyone who knows William loves him, and anybody who knows him and watched him play football knows it’d take more than a gas line explosion to keep William down. He’s tough.”

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Information from: WYMT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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