Last updated: May 13. 2014 9:57AM - 2909 Views
Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

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The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) has confirmed that two men were killed in a mining accident Monday night at Wharton.

Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville, and Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, were killed at Patriot Coal’s Brody No. 1 Mine in Boone County which occurred at approximately 8:47 p.m.

WVOMHS&T reports that no additional injuries have been reported and no miners are reported trapped.

WVOMHS&T inspectors are on site, and preliminary indications are that the incident resulted from a coal outburst. Wikipedia describes a coal outburst as “the sudden and violent ejection of coal, gas and rock from a coal face.”

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