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.”