(WHARTON, W.Va.) — Two miners were killed Monday night after becoming trapped at a coal mine in West Virginia.
In a statement Tuesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said a ground failure occurred at Patriot Coal’s Brody Mine No. 1 in Wharton at around 8:30 p.m Monday, entrapping the miners.
“Rescue efforts later determined that the miners did not survive, and the miners’ bodies have been recovered,” MSHA said in the statement.
The agency said it will conduct a full investigation of the incident.
“Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the two miners — Eric and Gary — who lost their lives in this tragic mining accident,” West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement Tuesday. “We ask all West Virginians to continue praying for them during this very difficult time for our mining community.”
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