CSX Corp. cuts 101 jobs in eastern Kentucky

RUSSELL, Ky. (AP) – Officials say 101 positions at a CSX Corp. facility in eastern Kentucky are being eliminated amid a slump in the coal industry.

CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost told media that the company decided to make the cuts as a last resort. She said the facility in Russell primarily serves trains moving from coal fields in central Appalachia and there is no longer enough activity to support the jobs.

Officials said the cuts affect only the transportation and mechanical departments and leaves more than 300 employees at the location.

CSX also cited a decline in coal when it reduced operations at sites in Corbin, Kentucky, and Erwin, Tennessee, last fall, and when it announced in January that it was closing its administrative offices in Huntington, West Virginia.

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