UPDATE (4/14/20 2:56 p.m.):
GRAFTON, W.Va. – Officials have released new information on an incident Tuesday morning at the Leer Mine Complex in Taylor County.
Two workers suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after a pillar rib failure, according to state spokesman Lawrence Messina.
The workers, who were midnight shift mechanics working on the longwall panline, were removed from the mine and taken to a hospital for treatment. Messina said inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training were on site Tuesday morning.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has released an incident report. The report states that a rib rolled over and trapped the two miners in the incident.
Representatives from the Mine Safety and Health Administration confirmed that a non-fatal accident did occur at the Leer Mine on Tuesday morning; MSHA is performing an investigation into the incident.
ORIGINAL STORY (4/14/20 5:31 a.m.):
Emergency crews responded Tuesday to the scene of an incident at the Leer Mining Complex in Taylor County.
Just before 4:00 a.m., a call came into the Harrison-Taylor 911 Center that two coal miners were trapped at the Arch Coal facility, near Grafton.
As of 5:00 a.m., one miner was able to get himself out, while a rescue mission was underway to free the second miner, according to 911 officials. By 5:40 a.m., 911 officials reported that two patients had been flown by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. There is no word on the patients’ conditions.
The Grafton Fire Department and Taylor County EMS were called to the mine.
When asked for a statement, Arch Coal’s Leer Mine responded: “The Leer mine in Taylor County, West Virginia, confirmed that two miners were injured in an early morning incident. Both miners were transported to the hospital in Morgantown for treatment.”
“Gayle and I are praying for a swift recovery for the miners injured in Taylor County this morning. We send our hearts out to the miners’ families and loved ones as they work to support our injured miners. Our brave miners put their lives on the line every day as they power our nation, and we are forever grateful for their contributions. Gayle and I, like all West Virginians, will keep those miners’ loved ones, families, and friends in our prayers.”Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
No other immediate details were available. This story will be updated as more information is made available.