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West Virginia Coal Mine Accident: 2 Killed After Roof Falls

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Image: The entrance to Brody Mine No.1 in Wharton, W.Va., is closed on Tuesday
The entrance to Brody Mine No.1 in Wharton, W.Va., is closed on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Two workers died after they were trapped as the ground failed at the West Virginia coal mine. The ground failure occurred just about 8:45 p.m. Monday, trapping the workers, safety agency officials said. The miners' bodies were recovered, and safety personnel were on the site of Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, about 50 miles south of Charleston. Preliminary indications show that a coal burst was responsible, according to state officials and mine owner Patriot Coal. Craig Cunningham / Charleston Daily Mail via AP

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Two miners were killed in a West Virginia coal mine after the roof collapsed Monday night, officials said.

The bodies of miners Eric Legg, 48, and Gary Hensley, 46, were recovered in the accident at the Brody Mine in Boone County, according to NBC affiliate WSAZ.

Officials said a "coal outburst" — which involved the violent spewing of rock and coal from the mine — led to "ground failure" around 8:30 p.m.

"Rescue efforts later determined that the miners did not survive," Brody Mining LLC said in a statement.

State inspectors were at the scene, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is conducting a full investigation.

The MSHA put Brody Mine on notice last year after a pattern of violations of mandatory health and safety standards.

The mine was cited for 253 violations during a nine-month period — actions that officials found could result in injury or illness for miners, the MSHA reported.

This year, the mine was cited for a preliminary 147 infractions — the most recent on May 7 regarding tethers used during evacuations for mine emergencies. Some of the violations have not yet been assessed and are pending hearings, appeals and other actions.

— Jay Blackman, Alastair Jamieson and Christopher Nelson

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