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Two people die in WV mine accident

Published On: May 13 2014 07:53:27 AM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 10:58:49 AM CDT

Officials from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration say two workers were trapped and killed in an accident at a West Virginia coal mine.

Amy Louviere of the agency told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday morning that a ground failure occurred at the mine around 8:30 p.m. Monday. She says the miners' bodies have been recovered, and personnel from the agency are on the site.

Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County is owned by St. Louis-based Patriot Coal.

In October, the safety agency designated the mine as a pattern violator, meaning it had repeatedly broken federal health and safety regulations in the previous year.

The miners have been identified as 48-year-old Eric Legg and 46-year-old Gary Hensley.

Patriot said in a statement at the time that it believed the mine didn't qualify for the status and that it intended to contest it.