One killed, two injured in W.Va. mine roof collapse

One person was killed and two injured Sunday night in a mine roof collapse outside of Cameron in Marshall County, W.Va., officials confirmed.

Tom Hart, emergency management director for Marshall County, said emergency crews were called around 8:50 p.m. to the scene of a roof collapse at the Cameron Portal of a Murray Energy coal mine. Crews arrived to find three injured workers who had been pulled out by other mine workers.

One of the victims eventually died, he said. Another was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. The third was taken by ambulance to Wheeling Hospital. Officials have not yet released the names of the victims.

While initial reports indicated there were several trapped miners, all were eventually accounted for. An investigation into the incident will be conducted by state and federal authorities, along with Murray Energy, Mr. 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 were killed in May at a mine near Wharton, W.Va., while they were engaged in “retreat mining,” a process called one of the most dangerous forms of coal mining. The West Virginia men — Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight and Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville — died at Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, about 50 miles south of the state capital of Charleston. That mine is owned by Patriot Coal Co. in St. Louis.


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