A coal miner died late Sunday following a roof collapse at the Marshall County Coal Co.’s Marshall County Mine near Cameron. Two other people were injured in the collapse.
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said the initial call to his office came in after 9:30 p.m. Sunday. He said reports did not indicate how many individuals were involved in the accident, which was reported as a roof collapse.
After arriving on scene, responders confirmed three individuals were trapped inside the Cameron Portal as a result of the collapse. After working to get to those individuals, crews air lifted one to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, while another was taken via ambulance to Wheeling Hospital. A third victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Hart said.
Hart said the cause of the accident remains under investigation, and any additional information — including the names of those involved — would be released by Murray Energy Corp., which is the parent company of the Marshall County Coal Co. Murray Energy released a statement late Sunday confirming the accident, and noted an investigation into what happened is underway.
Hart said portions of the road near the portal were closed Sunday as crews worked at the scene. Units from the Cameron Fire Department, Cameron Police Department and State Police responded.
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