1 Dead, 2 Hurt in WV Mine Collapse

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 03:03 PM gHale

One person died and two suffered injuries Sunday night after a mine roof collapsed in Marshall County, WV, officials said.

Emergency crews got the call around 8:50 p.m. to the scene of a roof collapse at the Cameron Portal of a Murray Energy coal mine, said Tom Hart, emergency management director for Marshall County. Crews arrived to find three injured workers other mine workers pulled to safety.

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One of the victims eventually died, Hart said. Rescue personnel flew another to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. The third went via ambulance to Wheeling Hospital. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims.

Other than the three victims of the incident, all other miners ended up accounted for. Murray Energy along with state and federal officials will start an investigation into the incident, Hart said.

Murray Energy and its subsidiary companies operate more than a dozen active coal mines in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Utah and Illinois.

Murray Energy released a brief statement saying “an accident” had occurred at the company’s Marshall County mine. The statement said details about the incident weren’t immediately clear.

Two miners died in May at a mine near Wharton, WV, while engaged in “retreat mining,” a process called one of the most dangerous forms of coal mining.

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