Mine Accident In West Virginia Kills 2

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An accident at a mine in Boone County, W. Va., has left at least two dead, according to West Virginia police.

CBS affiliate WOWK in Huntington says the fallen miners are Eric Legg, 48, and Gary Hensley, 46. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported. Authorities say the miners became trapped after some sort of ground failure at the mine Monday night.

A preliminary investigation by the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training indicates the incident may have stemmed from a coal outburst. WOWK says an outburst is a "sudden and violent ejection of coal, gas and rock from a coal face and surrounding strata in an underground coal mine."

Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County is owned by St. Louis-based Patriot Coal.

In 2013, the mine received 253 "significant and substantial" violations from MSHA during a 12-month review which ended last August, WOWK reports.

The MSHA report said the violations show the mine had a disregard for the health and safety of its miners at the time the violations were issued.



 
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