A roof collapse at a West Virginia coal mine last night has claimed the life of one miner, according to news sources.
Families of miners who work in Boone County’s Mine #1 hurried to the site. One of the two men who were trapped underground in the incident, Eric Legg, reportedly did not survive.
Mine rescue personnel reportedly arrived at the mine at 10:30 last night.
Brody Mine, which is owned by Patriot Coal, was cited for 253 “significant and substantial” violations by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) last year. An 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.
According to the company's website: "Safety is our highest operational priority and the cornerstone of our relationship with all of our employees. Our goal is to work toward zero accidents every shift of every day. Maintaining a safe work environment is part of our culture."
The MSHA held a mine industry stakeholders meeting earlier this month to a recent surge in mining deaths.