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Names Of Miners Killed Have Been Released

Reported: May. 13, 2014 2:32 AM EDT
Updated: May. 13, 2014 3:22 PM EDT
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WHARTON, W.Va. (Michelle Carroll, Trevor John Anderson, Katelyn Sykes) -- The names of the two miners killed in Boone County have now been released.

A news release from Department of Commerce says that Eric Legg, 48, of Twilight and Gary Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville were killed in the incident at Patriot Coal's Brody Mine #1 Monday night. No one else was injured in the accident.

According to the release, inspectors are on site investigating and preliminary indications are that the incident resulted from a coal outburst. A coal outburst is when the side of a coal seam explodes due to geological stress.

This accident has shocked and saddened the small town of Wharton. Friends told Eyewitness News Legg was a caring, well-respected father.

"I didn't really know at the moment what happened but I saw all the police and ambulances and stuff and I knew there was something really bad had happened," said neighbor, Bernadine Cook.

Cook said she knew Legg for many years and called him a kind man.

"He was a really good man," she said.

Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training are still on scene investigating.

Patriot released a statement on the miners.

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




WHARTON, W.Va. (Trevor John Anderson) - UPDATE: State Police have confirmed there are two fatalities right now as a result of a mining accident at Patriot Coal's Brody Mine #1.

The names are not being released officially at this time.




WHARTON, W.Va. (Trevor John Anderson) - Rescue efforts are under way right now at an underground coal mine in Boone County.

Eyewitness News is receiving multiple reports of a mining accident at Brody Mine #1. That mine is owned by Patriot Coal.

We know that at least two miners are trapped inside, and an emergency response team is on the scene.

Boone 911 tells us that they are unable to release any information right now.

Eyewitness News has a crew on the way to the scene right now.

Tune in to Eyewitness News This Morning for the latest updates. We will continue to update this story throughout the morning.



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