Two US miners die in roof collapse

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January 14, 2007 01:48

A roof collapsed in a mine West Virginia on Saturday, killing two miners, authorities said. The miners apparently were caught when a pillar fell, said Ron Wooten, director of the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. Wooten said rescuers were bringing their bodies to the surface. "There's no need for rescue teams, the individuals have been recovered," he said. Dispatchers said the accident scene was up to 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) beyond the entrance to the Brooks Run Mining Co. LLC's mine in McDowell County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Roanoke, Virginia. Additional details were not immediately available. Wooten expected to learn more once a team of investigators returned from underground. Federal mine safety investigators were also on the scene.


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