Two Miners Killed at Boone County Mine; Names Released

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According to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, Patriot Coal's Brody Mine No. 1 had a long history of safety violations.


In just the past year, Brody Mine was one of only a few in the country to be added to MSHA's Pattern of Violations List.


Back in October, MSHA sent Patriot Coal a violation letter stating the company's Brody Mine repeatedly broke federal health and safety violations in the previous year. MSHA says those violations could significantly and substantially contribute to coal or other health hazards at the mine. This specific violation letter included nine citations issued for conditions and practices that contribute to roof and rib hazards in the mine. spoke to a certified underground mine forman who helped break down the latest statistics from MSHA's website. Just this year, there have been 151 citations or orders at Brody Mine, not counting the latest accident. Some of those can be for small infractions like improper lighting or other minor issues.


However, the mine has had 61 orders, or more serious violations so far this year. That's about 40% of all the violations at the mine.


Not counting the latest accident, there have been seven accidents at the mine with no reported injuries.


Despite MSHA's claim of years of safety issues, Monday's deadly accident marks the first time a miner has died at Brody Mine.

UPDATE 5/13/14 @ 8:30 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It appears a coal outburst is to blame for a fatal mining incident in Boone County.

The incident happened at 8:47 p.m. Monday at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 Mine in Boone County.

A spokesperson with the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, and Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville, died in the incident. No other injuries have been reported.

Inspectors remain at the site to investigate the incident. According to a news release, preliminary indications are that the incident resulted from a coal outburst.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Mines, a coal outburst is the sudden and violent ejection of coal, gas and rock from a coal face and surrounding strata in an underground coal mine. When outbursts occur, they can be very serious events.

Patriot Coal released a statement confirming the deaths of the two miners.

The company says they believe a severe coal burst during retreat mining operations caused the accident.

"We express our deepest sympathies to Eric's and Gary's families, friends and co-workers," said Mike Day, Patriot Executive Vice President - Operations. "We are fully cooperating with state and federal mine regulatory agencies to investigate this incident."

Patriot did comment in the release on any past violations.

Brody is part of the Wells Mining Complex.

We have a crew at the scene in Boone County. Keep clicking on for the latest information.

UPDATE 5/13/14 @ 7:45 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people have died in an incident at a mine in Boone County.

Sources tell two miners were killed during a roof fall at the Brody Mine in Wharton.

Family members tell that Eric Legg is one of two miners who died late Monday night.

The roof fall was reported at the mine about 10 p.m. At the time, it was reported that two miners were trapped underground.

A spokesperson tells inspectors and rescue crews have been on the site since the call came in. When our crew arrived at the mine ambulances, along with family members of the miners were there.

MSHA and the State Office of Miners Health Safety and Training are still on the scene.

No other information is being released at this time.

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UPDATE 5/13/14 @ 6:51 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least one person died in an incident late Monday night at the Brody Mine in Boone County, W.Va.

Family members told that Eric Legg died in the incident. It's unknown if anyone else was hurt or died, and nothing further has been officially released about what happened.

We've had a crew on the scene through the night and will continue to cover the story as we learn new developments.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/13/14 @ 4:03 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Inspectors are at the Brody Mine in Boone County, W.Va. where an incident took place late Monday night.

Ambulances were at the scene, along with family members of miners.

State inspectors arrived early this morning and remain at the scene.

No details have been released.

We have a crew on the scene.

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