The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) confirms a fatal incident occurred Monday night at Patriot Coal's Brody No. 1 Mine in Boone County.
Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, West Virginia, and Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville, West Virginia, died in the incident, which occurred at approximately 8:47 p.m.
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.
Families of miners who work at Brody Mine in Boone County, WV are gathering at the mine's gate.
They tell 13 News that mine rescue teams and emergency crews responded to the Wharton location around 10:30 p.m. Monday night.
The families at the gate said they heard that a collapse happened inside the mine in Section One and they went straight there.
Brody Mine officials are not telling the families anything at this time.
13 News has made numerous calls to the West Virginia State Department of Miners' Heath and Safety, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, MSHA, and Boone County Emergency officials.
We have not heard back from anyone with those agencies at this time.
13 News has a crew on the scene at Brody Mine, which is owned by Patriot Coal.
In 2013, the mine received 253 'significant and substantial' violations from MSHA during a 12-month review which ended last August.
The MSHA report says the violations show the mine had a disregard for the health and safety of its miners at the time the violations were issued