2 Coal Miners Crushed

Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 09:06 AM gHale

Two miners crushed between two pieces of mining equipment suffered serious injuries in an accident in an underground coal mine at Carlisle, IN, last Monday.

The accident occurred at the Carlisle Mine owned by Sunrise Coal and the company issued a short statement:

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“On Monday, June 8, two miners were injured in an accident at the Carlisle mine in Sullivan County, Indiana. This was an unforeseeable accident involving mine equipment. Both miners were taken immediately to the hospital and are now stable.

“Our focus is on helping the injured men access the best medical care available and providing support for their families.”

Suzanne Jaworowski, Director of Communications for Sunrise Coal, LLC, out of Terre Haute, said the company immediately reported the accident to authorities and MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) officials are investigating the situation.

Emergency workers got the call about two injured men at 11:45 p.m. Monday.

Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) spokeswoman Amy Louviere confirmed on Tuesday evening that the agency was investigating the incident.

“Last evening, at Sunrise Coal LLC’s Carlisle Mine, two miners were seriously injured when a water tractor collided with a mantrip (a vehicle on a train track that transports miners) underground,” she said in a statement “The two miners were crushed between the water tractor and mantrip.

“MSHA has issued a closure order at the mine and is investigating the accident,” Louviere continued. Louviere said she could not release the names of individuals involved in the accident.

However, the Tribune Star (Terre Haute) reported one of those injured was Terre Haute resident Mark Lister, who ended up airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and was in critical condition and had undergone surgery.