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Official: 2 killed at West Virginia coal mine

This article was published May 13, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

WHARTON, W.Va. — Two workers died after they were trapped as the ground failed at a West Virginia coal mine with a history of safety violations, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

The ground failure occurred just about 8:45 p.m. Monday, trapping the workers, safety agency officials said in emails. The miners' bodies were recovered, and safety personnel were on the site of Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, about 50 miles south of Charleston.

No additional injuries or trapped workers were reported, spokesman Leslie Fitzwater Smithson of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said in an email.

Preliminary indications show that a coal burst was responsible, according to state officials and mine owner Patriot Coal.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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