Falling Rocks at Kentucky Coal Mine Kills 2 Workers

10/31/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Centertown, KY — A rock slide at a surface coal mine in western Kentucky killed two workers when their truck was crushed under the immense weight of the rocks. The fatal mining accident occurred Friday, October 28, 2011, at Armstrong Coal’s Equity mine in Ohio County at around 6:45 a.m., reported the Washington Post.

The deceased workers have been identified as Darrel Winstead, 47, and Samuel Lindsey, 23. They were reportedly on a blasting crew from MEMSCO, a Dawson Springs-based subsidiary of Midland Powder Co. of Evansville, Ind.

The workers were reportedly driving near a high wall when their truck was buried by rock and earth.

Rescue crews weren’t able to reach the trapped workers till around noon, because of the huge pile of rock that rested on top of the truck.

The Ohio County coroner believes the victims were killed instantly.

State officials and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating the fatal mining accident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Kentucky workplace accident lawyers.

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